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Neomys anomalus

Neomys anomalus (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Soricomorpha
Familia: Soricidae
Subfamilia: Soricinae
Tribus: Nectogalini
Genus: Neomys
Species: Neomys anomalus


Neomys anomalus (Cabrera, 1907)

Type Locality: San Martin de la Vega, Spain

Type Specimen: MNCN (Madrid) No. 1140


* amphibius, Brehm, 1826
* josti, Martino, 1940
* milleri, Mottaz, 1907
* mokrzeckii, Martino, 1917
* rhenanus, Lehmann, 1976
* soricoides, Ognev, 1922


* Neomys anomalus on Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder
* IUCN link: Neomys anomalus (Cabrera, 1907) (Least Concern)

Vernacular names
Ελληνικά : Βαλτομυγαλίδα
English: Miller's Water Shrew
Español: Musgaño de Cabrera


The Mediterranean or Miller's Water Shrew (Neomys anomalus) is a species of mammal in the Soricidae family.


It is found in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, FYROM, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Feeding Habits

It feeds mainly on amphibians and small fish, but also take insects and worms. Because of its small size and thus higher surface area to volume ratio, it loses body heat more quickly and must eat 2-3 times its body mass each day!


* Insectivore Specialist Group 1996. Neomys anomalus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.

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