Anourosorex yamashinai


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Anourosorex yamashinai
Species Authority: Kuroda, 1935
Common Name(s):
English Taiwanese Mole Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Previously listed as a subspecies of Anourosorex squamipes, but now considered a distinct species based on morphological and karyotypic differences from mainland forms (Hutterer 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Lunde, D. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because it has a relatively wide distribution, is tolerant of a broad range of habitats, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Taiwan, Province of China (Motokawa and Lin 2002; Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations ranging from 300-3,000 m asl (Motokawa and Lin 2002; Smith and Xie 2008).
Taiwan, Province of China (Taiwan, Province of China (main island))
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies subtropical, mixed deciduous, and coniferous forest, as well as alpine tundra, and has been caught in agricultural fields, riparian woodlands, and dwarf bamboo (Jameson and Jones 1977; Smith and Xie 2008). It is at greatest abundance in deciduous forests (1,500-2,500 m asl) (Jameson and Jones 1977; Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures in place for this species. It probably is present in some protected areas on the island.

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Anourosorex yamashinai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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