Myosorex sclateri 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Myosorex sclateri
Species Authority: Thomas & Schwann, 1905
Common Name(s):
English Sclater's Mouse Shrew, Sclater's Tiny Mouse Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Baxter, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km², its area of occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km², and its habitat is in decline, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Myosorex sclateri is found in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not common but is regularly caught during surveys.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: M. sclateri is found near water in subtropical swamps and coastal forests. Skinner and Chimimba (2005) report that it is present in grassland, wetland and reedbed habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by the development of human settlements, overgrazing and general habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in some conservation areas in the northern part of its range (such as Lake Saint Lucia). There is a need to maintain suitable habitat within the range of this species. Additional information is needed on the distribution, natural history and threats to this species.

Citation: Baxter, R. 2008. Myosorex sclateri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14114A4393532. . Downloaded on 28 May 2016.
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