Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis equatoris
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1912)
Common Name(s):
English Ecuadorean Small-eared Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomy of this species is unresolved, and this taxon likely represents a species complex (N. Woodman pers. comm.). It was revised by Vivar et al. (1997), who listed osgoodi as a subspecies (Hutterer 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Woodman, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on the western and eastern slopes of the Andes of central Ecuador (Hutterer 2005). It has an altitudinal range of 1,600 to 4,300 m asl (Vivar et al. 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4300
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Population [top]

Population: This species ranges from being uncommon to frequently encountered (D. Tirira pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat and ecology of this species are not known. There have been some records from secondary habitats and pastureland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. Although it is found in a region with high rates of habitat loss, the species apparently tolerates some degree of disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas (D. Tirira pers. comm.).

Citation: Woodman, N. 2008. Cryptotis equatoris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136438A4291643. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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