(Other Names: Asiatic or Oriental Water Shrew)
Chimarrogale sumatrana (C. phaeura sumatrana)
Status: Critically Endangered
The Sumatra water shrew occurs in tropical forest in the banks of streams. Asiatic water shrews apparently swim well under water. They are said to walk along the bottom feeding on benthic organisms. The entrances of their burrows are usually under water. They have a number of physical adaptations to aquatic life, including small ears with flaps to seal their ears when submerged, as well as dense, water repellent fur. Asiatic water shrews eat insects, aquatic larvae, crustaceans, and possibly small fish.
The Sumatra water shrew has been found only in the Padang Highlands, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It apparently occurs in a very limited area that is declining because of human encroachment.
*** Shrews in the genus Chimarrogale are also known as "Asiatic water shrews" and "Oriental water shrews."
*** The taxonomic status of the Sumatra water shrew is uncertain. Some consider it to be a full species, while others consider it to be a subspecies of Chimarrogale phaeura.
The Sumatra water shrew has been found only in the Padang Highlands, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
The Sumatra water shrew apparently occurs in a very limited area that is under pressure because of human encroachment.
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