Cryptotis griseoventris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotis griseoventris
Species Authority: Jackson, 1933
Common Name(s):
English Guatamalan Small Eared Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) 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 Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is much less than 20,000 km², its range is severely fragmented due to extensive deforestation within its range, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat also due to deforestation particularly within its range in Mexico.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in highlands above 2,000 m asl in Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala (Hutterer, 2005).
Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: No population information is available for this species in Mexico. It is considered common in Guatemala (John Matson and Neal Woodman pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is insectivorous and known to occur in high elevation forests dominated by pine and fir, and oak-dominated cloud forest (Goldman 1951), and can be found even in secondary forest in Guatemala (N. Woodman and J. Matson pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss is a major threat, and in particular it is reported that the deforestation rate in the Chiapas highlands is around 75% (Ochoa-Gaona and Gonzalez-Espinosa, 2000 in Ceballos and Oliva, 2005). Hence this species has a very restricted and fragmented range particularly in Mexico.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in a small private protected area (100 hectares) called Huitepec, but otherwise it is not known from any other protected areas.

Citation: Woodman, N., Matson, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Cryptotis griseoventris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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