Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Surdisorex polulus
Species Authority: Hollister, 1916
Common Name(s):
English Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew, Mt. Kenya Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N.
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 Mount Kenya), 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 known only from the type locality of Mount Kenya in Kenya. It was recorded at 3,261 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 3261
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3261
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: It is only known from two or three museum specimens.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits dense montane grassland.
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: It is found within the Mount Kenya National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N. 2008. Surdisorex polulus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21135A9249839. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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