Myosorex geata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myosorex geata
Species Authority: (Allen & Loveridge, 1927)
Common Name(s):
English Geata Mouse Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Howell, K. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered, in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km² and area of occupancy of less than 500 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Endangered
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Myosorex geata is only known from the type collection from the Uluguru Mountains of Tanzania. It occurs at elevations between 1,500-2,000 m asl and possibly higher.
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance and population size of this species are not known. Few surveys have been undertaken in the altitudinal range of this species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from montane forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The populations of M. geata that occur at higher elevations are less likely to be threatened by human activities (such as logging and conversion of land to agricultural use) than those living at lower elevations. It is thought that this species is unlikely to be affected by a munitions factory and military activities in the Ulugurus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although M. geata is present in a forest reserve, the only provides effective protection in the highest parts of the Ulugurus, where its habitat is heavily fragmented. There is a need to identify and conserve remaining areas of suitable forest habitat for this species. Additional studies are needed into the distribution and natural history of this species.

Citation: Howell, K. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Myosorex geata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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