Suncus fellowesgordoni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus fellowesgordoni Phillips, 1932
Common Name(s):
English Ceylon Pygmy Shrew, Sri Lanka Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Often included in Suncus etruscus, we follow Hutterer (2005) in recognizing this as a distinct species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): de A. Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Endangered, because its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and its area of occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It has been recorded at an altitudinal range of 1,100 to 2,500 m, with an estimated extent of occurrence of about 2,000 km2, and and area of occupancy of around 450 km2 based on the available habitat in the central highlands (Molur et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Sri Lanka
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:11-500
Lower elevation limit (metres):1100
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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Population [top]

Population:There is little information available on the population abundance of this species. Two recent surveys recorded this species in 2003 (W.L.D.P.T.S. de A. Goonatilake pers. comm. 2003, Molur et al. 2005).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This nocturnal and terrestrial shrew lives in montane forests and wet patana grasslands (Molur et al. 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is restricted to a small area, where the habitat is declining and others threats include fire and conversion of suitable habitat to plantations of cardamon and tea (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present in the Knuckles Forest Reserve in Central Province of Sri Lanka (Molur et al. 2005). Ecological and population studies are recommended.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: Reformatted names of Assessor(s), Reviewer(s), Contributor(s), Facilitator(s) and/or Compiler(s).

Citation: de A. Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. 2008. Suncus fellowesgordoni (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21143A88693042. . Downloaded on 20 May 2018.
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