Neotetracus sinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Erinaceidae

Scientific Name: Neotetracus sinensis Trouessart, 1909
Common Name(s):
English Shrew Gymnure
Hylomys sinensis (Trouessart, 1909)
Taxonomic Notes: Corbet (1988) retained the genus Neotetracus for this species, as did Mein and Ginsburg (1997). Frost et al. (1991) included sinensis in Hylomys.

There are three recognized subspecies occurring in China (Smith and Xie 2008):
1.) N. s. cuttingi Anthony, 1941; West Yunnan;
2.) N. s. fulvescens Osgood, 1932; South Yunnan;
3.) N. s. sinensis Trouessart, 1909; Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-27
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Lunde, D.P. & Ruedas, L.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, and because it is not uncommon in suitable habitat, and is unlikely to be declining at anything close to the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in south-central China, northern Myanmar and northern Viet Nam (Hutterer 2005, Smith and Xie 2008). In China it is known from the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan, and Yunnan (Smith and Xie 2008). It occurs at elevations ranging from 300 to 2,700 m asl (Corbet and Hill 1992). Its distribution in is marginal; in Viet Nam was collected from Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province (Abramov et al. 2008) and Muong Do Nature Reserve, Son La Province (Nguy-en Xuan Dang et al. 2012). In China, its distribution appears to be allo- to parapatric with Neotetracus suillus (Smith and Xie 2008). It could also occur in northern Lao PDR and extreme northeastern India, but so far there are no records.
Countries occurrence:
China (Sichuan, Yunnan); Myanmar; Viet Nam
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):300
Upper elevation limit (metres):2700
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Population [top]

Population:This species is not uncommon in suitable habitat, though numbers vary from place to place.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits subtropical evergreen forest at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,700 m asl, close to and away from streams (Smith et al. 2008). It is not known to what extent it might also be able to live in degraded habitats. It is strictly nocturnal and is associated with burrows.
Generation Length (years):3

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It might be affected by habitat loss, but this depends on whether or not it can adapt to anthropogenic habitats. However, given its wide range, there are unlikely to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in a number of protected areas. It occurs in Wolong, Ailaoshan, Jinpingfenshuiling (Yunnan), Nujiang, Gaoligongshan (Yunnan), Tongbiguan, Wawushan Nature Reserves (CSIS 2008) in China, and may be present in additional protected areas in China. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2016. Neotetracus sinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T10590A22325953. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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