Microgale principula 


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: 2015
Date Assessed: 2015-02-02
Assessor(s): Goodman, S., Stephenson, P.J. & Soarimalala, V.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Olson, L.
It is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population and presence in a number of protected areas. Even though habitat loss is a threat, this species is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Endangered (EN)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)
1988 Insufficiently Known (K)

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 500 to 1,875 m asl
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1875
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively common species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and fragmentation through conversion of forest to agricultural land, logging activities and fire may threaten this 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: Goodman, S., Stephenson, P.J. & Soarimalala, V. 2015. Microgale principula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T13350A21288804. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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