Sylvisorex howelli 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Sylvisorex howelli Jenkins, 1984
Common Name(s):
English Howell's Forest Shrew, Howell's Shrew
Sylvisorex usambarensis Hutterer, 1986
Taxonomic Notes: Sylvisorex howelli possibly represents a complex of several similar species. Further studies are needed to clarify the taxonomic status of populations currently allocated to this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-14
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hutterer, R.
Listed as Least Concern, because, whilst its distribution is fragmented and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, it does have a reasonably large extent of occurrence (34,217 km²) and is considered common in the areas where it is found.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. It has been recorded from six disjunct montane ranges: Uluguru, Nguru, Nguu, Ukaguru, and West and East Usambaras (Stanley and Olson 2005). It may be present in the Udzungwa Mountains, but this needs to be confirmed. It is found above 1,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in Usambaras, and is regularly found in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in montane tropical moist forest.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat loss, largely through logging operations and the conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. The species is presumably present within some protected areas. There is a need to conserve remaining tracts of primary forest throughout the Eastern Arc Mountains. Additional studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Kennerley, R. 2016. Sylvisorex howelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21216A22290854. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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