Surdisorex norae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Surdisorex norae
Species Authority: Thomas, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Aberdare Mole Shrew, Aberdare Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Oguge, N. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location (highlands of the Aberdare Mountain Range), and habitat loss resulting from climate change represents a plausible future threat.
2004 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the east side of the Aberdare Mountain Range in central Kenya. The type locality is Nyeri, with two more localities known. The distribution of this species probably follows the top of this mountain range. Field surveys undertaken on Mount Kenya have not recorded this species. It occurs at elevations of around 2,800 to 3,300 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: There is little information available on the population abundance of this species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits dense montane grassland above the treeline.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to the high elevation habitat of this species. It is potentially threatened by climate change.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present within the Aberdare National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.

Citation: Oguge, N. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Surdisorex norae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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