Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale thomasi
Species Authority: Major, 1896
Common Name(s):
English Thomas' Shrew Tenrec, Thomas's Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Rakotondravony, D. & 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, 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 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 tropical humid forests of eastern Madagascar from Zahamena south to around Andohahela. It has an altitudinal range of between 440 and 2,000 m asl.
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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 occurs in tropical humid forest where it is adaptable to some habitat modification (e.g., grazing by cattle within the 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 proteceted areas including the Pic d’Ivohibe Special Reserve; Andringitra National Park; Mantadia National Park; Analamazaotra Special Reserve; Andohahela National Park and Ranomafana National Park. Further studies into the population, biology and ecology of this species are needed.

Citation: Rakotondravony, D. & Raherisehena, M. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group -Tenrec Section). 2008. Microgale thomasi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13355A3797858. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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