Microgale gracilis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale gracilis
Species Authority: (Major, 1896)
Common Name(s):
English Gracile Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2015-02-02
Assessor(s): Stephenson, P.J., Goodman, S. & Soarimalala, V.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Jenkins, P. & Raherisehena, M.
It is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, as it occurs in a number of protected areas and as it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to be listed in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)
1988 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in the montane humid forest zone of eastern Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of between 1,200 and 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance of this species is not known. It may be difficult to trap.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species that shows a marked preference for higher-altitude montane forests. It has been collected in significantly degraded habitat close to the forest edge (Goodman et al. 1996). Based on morphology, it is probably a semi-fossorial species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no use or trade information.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species, or its habitat, within its elevational range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in the protected areas of Andohahela National Park, Andringitra National Park, Pic d'Ivohibe Special Reserve, Ranomafana National Park, and Marojejy National Park. Further research is needed into the abundance and range of this species.

Citation: Stephenson, P.J., Goodman, S. & Soarimalala, V. 2015. Microgale gracilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T13343A21284192. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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