Cryptotis medellinia 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis medellinia Thomas, 1921
Common Name(s):
English Medellín Small-eared Shrew
Taxonomic Source(s): Gardner, A. L. 2005. Didelphis Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Didelphidae): Proposed correction of gender, and Cryptotis Pomel, 1848 (Mammalia, Soricidae): Proposed fixation of gender. Bull. Zool. Nomencl 62: 142–145.
Taxonomic Notes: This species is monotypic. The genre of the genus Cryptotis is masculine, not feminine (Gardner 2005), therefore the epithet must change from medellinia to medellinius.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-26
Assessor(s): Naylor, L. & Roach, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Woodman, N.
Listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the northern portion of the Central and Western Cordilleras of Colombia (Woodman 2002, Hutterer 2005). It is found from 2,500 to 2,800 m asl (Delgado pers. comm. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2500
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
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Population [top]

Population:Woodman (2008) that this species is commonly found in appropriate habitat and their population trend is stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Woodman (2008) based on a personal communication given by C. Delgado (2005), described that this species is found in primary and secondary forest, as well as in agricultural fields. Cuartas and Muñoz (2003a, 2003b) described that this species may inhabit Premontane Wet Forest, Lower Montane Wet Forest, Lower Montane Rain Forest, Montane Wet Forest and Montane Rain Forest life zones. It is predated by the crab-eating fox, Cerdocyon thous (Delgado 2002).
Generation Length (years):4-5

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats identified for this species (Woodman 2008). However, this species has not been studied to determine that its population is not at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species probably occurs in several protected areas; it is found in the San Sebastián-La Castellana Reserve, Valle de Aburrá, Colombia.

Citation: Naylor, L. & Roach, N. 2016. Cryptotis medellinia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136267A22285456. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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