Suncus malayanus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus malayanus
Species Authority: Kloss, 1917
Common Name(s):
English Malayan Pygmy Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Although commonly included in S. etruscus, S. malayanus inhabits tropical forest and does not fit morphologically with the diagnosis of that species. It was therefore regarded as a species by Corbet and Hill (1991), and Hutterer (1993).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lunde, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Stuart, S.N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient as it is known only from three localities, and there is no recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known from three specimens collected in three widely separate localities in the Peninsular Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia (Hutterer 2005). It is presumably occurs more widely within its mapped range (the distribution map is, in any case, highly generalised).
Countries occurrence:
Malaysia; Thailand
Lower elevation limit (metres): 200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: There is almost no information. The species has a very uneven occurrence through its range.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a lowland forest species. It is not known whether or not it can adapt to anthropogenic habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known. If it is dependent on forest, then threats are likely to include forest clearance for plantations (especially oil palm), and logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into its distribution, abundance, natural history and threats.

Citation: Lunde, D. 2008. Suncus malayanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21145A9251256. . Downloaded on 26 May 2016.
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