Sorex cylindricauda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sorex cylindricauda
Species Authority: Milne-Edwards, 1872
Common Name(s):
English Stripe-backed Shrew, Greater Stripe-backed Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: This species is often confused with Sorex bedfordiae (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Lunde, D. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern, as this species as currently defined here is widespread, occurs in many protected areas, is unlikely to have any major threats, and its populations are unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to China, occurring in the provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi (Smith and Xie 2008), and Ningxia (CSIS 2008). In Sichuan, it was recorded at an altitude of 3,000 m asl.
China (Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat preferences of this species are unclear due to identification confusion with Sorex bedfordi (Smith and Xie 2008). It is inferred that it occupies montane forests (Smith and Xie 2008). Little else about the habitat and ecology can be distinguished (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are most likely no major threats to this species throughout its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Liupanshan, Taibaishan, Wanglang, Wolong, Changshanerhai, Nujiang, Wawushanmay (CSIS 2008), and Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserves (Liu et al. 2005) and may be present in additional protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance, natural history and threats to this species. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Sorex cylindricauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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