Myosorex okuensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myosorex okuensis
Species Authority: Heim de Balsac, 1968
Common Name(s):
English Oku Mouse Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its primary montane forest habitat.
2004 Endangered
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Myosorex okuensis is endemic to Cameroon. It is known from Lake Manenguba, Mount Oku and Mount Lefo on the Bamenda Plateau. It occurs at elevations between approximately 1,800-2,300 m asl.
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: M. okuensis is found on the flanks of volcanoes with patches of primary montane forest. This species does not occur outside primary habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is presumably threatened by general habitat loss and degradation resulting from logging operations and the conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in the Mount Oku Reserve. There is a need to maintain suitable areas of primary forest for this species. Additional research is needed into the distribution, natural history and threats to this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Myosorex okuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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