Sorex maritimensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Sorex maritimensis Smith, 1939
Common Name(s):
English Maritime Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Sorex maritimensis was formerly included in Sorex arcticus; it was recognized as a distinct species by Stewart et al. (2002), Baker et al. (2003), and Hutterer (in Wilson and Reeder 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-26
Assessor(s): Reid, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Woodman, N. & Hammerson, G.A.
Listed as Least Concern because its range is considerably greater than 20,000 km², and although it is considered to be relatively rare, it does occur in a number of protected areas, and its population is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada (Stewart et al. 2002).
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Population [top]

Population:It is considered to be relatively rare (Van Zyll de Jong 1983).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:There is no information specific to this species available, however Sorex arcticus - from which this species was recently split - is most commonly found in grass-sedge marshes, wet meadows, and other moist openings in and adjacent to boreal forest.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species' habitat is rare and fragmented (Herman and Scott 1992). Its habitat is vulnerable to changes that may result from global warming; and is also vulnerable to flooding, and shrews may be stressed by the absence of snow cover (Herman and Scott 1992).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species includes several protected areas. However, this species has only a small range in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and it is considered rare; conservation measures may be required.

Citation: Reid, F. 2016. Sorex maritimensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136779A22312357. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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