Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus aequatorius
Species Authority: Heller, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly included in Suncus lixus by Heim de Balsac and Meester (1977), but specimens of aequatorius are considerably larger (Oguge et al. 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 100 km², all individuals are in two localities within a single location (Taita Hills), and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its montane forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This East African species is known only from Kenya, where it has been recorded from Mount Sagalla (1,500 m asl) and Chawia Forest (1,600 m asl) in the Taita Hills (Oguge et al. 2004). It was not present at an additional 12 sites sampled by Oguge et al. (2004). It might be present in northern Tanzania, however, this requires confirmation (Hutterer 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Number of Locations: 1
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1600
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the habitat of this species is fragmented or severely degraded through the conversion of forest to agricultural use, including plantations (Oguge et al. 2004), and presumably also through some harvesting of timber, firewood and similar resources.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no conservation measures in place; it is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. There is an urgent need to conserve remaining areas of suitable forest within the Taita Hills. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, ecology andthreats to this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Suncus aequatorius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136224A4261831. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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