Cryptotis mera 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis mera Goldman, 1912
Common Name(s):
English Darien 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.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Woodman, N., Samudio, R. & Pino, J.L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², its range is severely fragmented, and there is an ongoing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat mostly due to deforestation.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the highlands along the Panama-Colombia border (Hutterer, 2005). It is found from 1,400 to 1,500 m asl (Reid, 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Colombia (Colombia (mainland)); Panama
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1400
Upper elevation limit (metres):1500
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Population [top]

Population:It is not widely distributed and probably not uncommon in its range (Neal Woodman pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species can be found in wet, evergreen forest (Reid, 1997). It is terrestrial and individuals have been trapped under logs on steep banks of streams. The banks were wet and densely covered with ferns (Goldman, 1920 in Reid, 1997).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and pesticides are a major threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in some protected areas, such as el Darien National Park in Panama.

Citation: Woodman, N., Samudio, R. & Pino, J.L. 2008. Cryptotis mera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136299A4271339. . Downloaded on 28 May 2018.
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