Catalina Island Ecology: Animal Species

Photo: Frank Starkey
Common Name: Santa Catalina Island Shrew
Scientific Name: Sorex ornatus willetti
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Sorex
Species: ornatus willetti

Habitat:Associated most often with coastal marsh and riparian habitats
Food:Insects and other invertebrates
Range:Found only on Santa Catalina Island
Rare or Endemic:Yes
State Status:Species of Special Concern

Between 1941 and 2003, there were only 15 sightings or captures of this subspecies documented. During 2004, expanded trapping efforts yielded 21 captures. Subsequent studies have not been conducted.