Nova Scotia's Species at Risk: Municipal & Community Stewardship

Species at Risk in Nova Scotia

Gaspe Shrew (Sorex gaspensis)

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Special Concern


Not listed

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Quick Facts:
  • Inhabits rock outcrops and steep slopes
  • Primary threats includes: loss and degradation of habitat. 
  • Found only in Gaspe Peninsula, New Brunswick and Cape Breton Island

Status Overview:
The Gaspe Shrew prefers rock outcrops and talus slopes in highlands where there are steep slopes. Habitat loss and degradation seems to be the major limiting factors for this species. In particular, fire and clear-cutting, which change the forest habitat of talus slopes, are major threats to Gaspe Shrews. Several groups of the Gaspe Shrew live in small limited areas where any disturbance could be disastrous for the species.

Geographic Distribution:
The map shows the municipalities where this species can be found.  For more specific location information please contact us.

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