Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale longicaudata
Species Authority: Thomas, 1882
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: The form prolixacaudata may represent a distinct species (Olson et al. 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (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, presence 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)
1988 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in the eastern humid forests of Madagascar, ranging from Montagne d'Ambre in the north south to Andohahela. It has an altitudinal range of 645 to 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively common species, especially at higher elevations.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a scansorial species that is present in eastern tropical humid forest, from lowlands to high-elevation rainforest. It may be found in slightly degraded forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and fragmentation through conversion of forest to agricultural land, logging activities and fire may threaten the species in the long-term.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from a number of protected areas including the Ambohitantely Special Reserve; Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve; Manongarivo Special Reserve; Marojejy National Park; Montagne d'Ambre National Park; Andringitra National Park; Pic d’Ivohibe Special Reserve; Ranomafana National Park; Ambatovaky Special Reserve; Mangerivola Special Reserve; Mantadia National Park and Andohahela National Park. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, biology and ecology of this species. A further review of known specimens of M. majori, M. longicaudata and M. principula is needed to elucidate the range of these three species.

Citation: Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Microgale longicaudata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13344A3746402. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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