Microgale gracilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jenkins, P. & Raherisehena, M. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2006 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable

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 2,100 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance of this species is not known. It may be difficult to trap.
Population Trend: Decreasing

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

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: Jenkins, P. & Raherisehena, M. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale gracilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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