Surdisorex norae 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

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.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2800
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3300
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Population [top]

Population: There is little information available on the population abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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 2008: e.T21134A9249650. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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