Cryptotis merriami 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis merriami
Species Authority: Choate, 1970
Common Name(s):
English Merriam's Small-eared Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Woodman, N., Matson, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large and stable population, occurrence in protected areas, 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 occurs in the highlands of southern Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, northern Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica (Hutterer, 2005). It is known from 975 to 1,650 m (Flores Villela and Gerez, 1994; Woodman and Timm, 1993).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua
Lower elevation limit (metres): 975
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1650
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Population [top]

Population: This shrew apparently is uncommon (Reid, 1997). In Guatemala it is considered common (Woodman and Matson pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in evergreen, broadleaf and pine-oak forest and cultivated areas near forest (Reid, 1997). Its biology is poorly known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and pesticides are localized threats to this species, but over its entire range they are not considered major threats at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas in Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Citation: Woodman, N., Matson, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Cryptotis merriami. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136398A4286378. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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