Cryptotis mayensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotis mayensis
Species Authority: (Merriam, 1901)
Common Name(s):
English Yucatan 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): Cuarón, A.D., de Grammont, P.C., Woodman, N. & Matson, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is 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 in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and adjacent Belize and Guatemala. Also it is known from owl pellets collected in Guerrero, Mexico (Choate, 1970). It occurs in lowlands mainly below 100 m asl (650 m asl in Guerrero) (Reid, 1997).
Belize; Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: This shrew is locally common (Reid, 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in lowland, dry scrub, deciduous forest, and seasonally dry evergreen forest (Reid, 1997). Its biology and ecology is poorly known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation, particularly in the Mexican part of its range where it is reported at around 14-20% loss (Alfredo Cuaron and Paloma Carton de Grammont pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas (Maya Biosphere Reserve), and is listed under Mexican regulation as subject of special protection.

Citation: Cuarón, A.D., de Grammont, P.C., Woodman, N. & Matson, J. 2008. Cryptotis mayensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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