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Crocidura baluensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura baluensis
Species Authority: Thomas, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Kinabalu Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Ruedi (1995) and Corbet and Hill (1992) considered the species as distinct.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lunde, D., Meijaard, E. & Ruedas, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Stuart, S.N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable as it is restricted to a single high-elevation location, Mount Kinabalu. If it will be confirmed to be more widespread in Borneo, then it need to be reassessed.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Mount Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia), at altitudes between 1,600-3,700 m asl (Hutterer 2005), though it could be more widespread in Borneo. A potential record exists for Sarawak, based on a damaged skull at the Natural History Museum, London (Ruedi 1995). However, Mount Kinabalu is by far the highest mountain on Borneo, and so it is not clear that suitable habitat exists elswhere for this species.
Countries:
Native:
Malaysia
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in montane forest (Lim Boo Liat and Heyneman 1968). It is replaced at lower elevations by C. foetida. This species seems to be rather tolerant of habitat disturbance, and can be found in both primary forests as well as degraded, secondary forests and scrub.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species, other than its restricted range, and the possible impacts of climate change of a species restricted to high elevations. Its only known location is in a protected area, and it is tolerant of a certain level of habitat disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Kinabalu National Park. Further studies are needed on the distribution, abundance, natural history, threats and conservation needs of this species.

Citation: Lunde, D., Meijaard, E. & Ruedas, L. 2008. Crocidura baluensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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