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Microgale principula

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA AFROSORICIDA TENRECIDAE

Scientific Name: Microgale principula
Species Authority: Thomas, 1926
Common Name(s):
English Greater Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Olson, L. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
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.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern
1996 Endangered
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)
1988 Insufficiently Known (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the eastern humid forests of Madagascar from Marojejy in the north south to Andohahela. It has an altitudinal range of 440 to 1,950 m asl
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an scansorial species that is present in eastern tropical humid forest. 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 reserves including the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve; Marojejy National Park; Ranomafana National Park; Ambatovaky Special Reserve; Mangerivola Special Reserve and Midongy du Sud National Park. 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: Olson, L. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale principula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 November 2014.
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