Crunomys suncoides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crunomys suncoides
Species Authority: Rickart, Heaney, Tabaranza Jr. & Balete, 1998
Common Name(s):
English Katanglad Shrew Mouse, Kitanglad Shrew-mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Heaney, L. & Tabaranza, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient as it is known only from the type specimen. In the absence of species specific surveys, it is impossible to determine if the species is more widespread throughout central Mindanao. It is likely to be a high elevation species with few or no threats so it is unlikely that it to be threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known only from a single specimen captured in April 1993 taken at 2,500 m on Mt. Kitanglad, Mindanao (Bukidnon province) (Musser and Carleton 2005). This species is currently known only from the Kitanglad Range (Rickart et al. 1998), though we suspect that it is more widespread in mossy forest on Mindanao.
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of the species is unknown. Surveys using pitfall traps in the region of the type locality are required (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The individual was found in a primary mossy forest with little disturbance (L. Heaney pers. comm.). Rickart et al. (1998) hypothesized that it is similar to Archboldomys luzonensis, which is diurnal and feeds on soft-bodied invertebrates. A semi-fossorial habit is inferred from a combination of external characters, including strong front feet with large claws, narrow head, tiny eyes, and dense, soft pelage (Rickart et al. 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is need for specific surveys in the region of the type locality.

Citation: Heaney, L. & Tabaranza, B. 2008. Crunomys suncoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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