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New records of Suncus etruscus (Soricidae, Mammalia) and its current status in Bulgaria

Nedko Nedyalkov https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4586-3224; Nikolay Kodzhabashev https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2692-1556; Pencho Pandakov https://orcid.org/0009-0005-3428-4288; Georgi Popgeorgiev https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7625-8898

1 July 2024 · volume 46 · (issue 7) · pp. 189–194 · PDF [full text]

Abstract: We present 17 new records of Suncus etruscus in Bulgaria, and the first finding of the species north of Stara Planina Mountains. The species is recorded in the diet of three owl species – Tyto alba, Asio otus and Athene noctua, and one bird of prey – Aquila heliaca. The bulk of records originated from T. alba, in the rest raptor species it is taken randomly and consists negligible part of their diet. Additionally, five dead shrews were used, which provided hard evidence for the presence of S. etruscus in north Bulgaria. All data on the species distribution in Bulgaria are summarised and the roads for its invasion are discussed. Climate change is considered as an expansion trigger for spreading of the Etruscan shrew.

Keywords: climate change, distribution, Etruscan shrew, expansion, owl pellets

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Nedyalkov N., Kodzhabashev N., Pandakov P., Popgeorgiev G. 2024 New records of Suncus etruscus (Soricidae, Mammalia) and its current status in Bulgaria. Historia naturalis bulgarica 46: 189–194.

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