Cryptotis tamensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis tamensis
Species Authority: Woodman, 2002
Common Name(s):
English Tamá Small-eared Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: There is a report of one individual from the Venezuelan side of the Serrania de Perija (Duarte and Viloria 1992) as well as one individual from the Colombian side (Carlos Delgado pers. comm.) that may represent this species or an undescribed species (Woodman 2002).

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, although its current known range is less than 20,000 km², it is assumed to occur in suitable habitat in the surrounding region, there are no threats to its known habitat, it appears to be adaptable to some disturbance of its habitat, 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 Páramo de Tamá, west Venezuela, and adjacent highlands in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia, between 2,385 and 3,325 m (Woodman 2002; Hutterer 2005). There have not been appropriate surveys in the mountains to the north and south of the known distribution in the Eastern Cordillera, however, the species probably occurs more widely than is currently known.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2385
Upper elevation limit (metres):3329
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Population [top]

Population:This relatively newly described species is only known from a few specimens and population trends are still unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Most individuals of this species were found in cloud forest, though there is at least one record from pasture on the margin of forest (Woodman 2002). A closely related species from the C. thomasi group, occurs in disturbed habitats, including agricultural areas and near human settlements (C. Delgado pers. comm.).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. There is no significant deforestation within the species' known range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from at least one protected area, El Tamá National Park, in Venezuela.

Citation: Woodman, N. 2008. Cryptotis tamensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136780A4338950. . Downloaded on 20 August 2017.
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