Microgale monticola


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microgale monticola
Species Authority: Goodman & Jenkins, 1998
Common Name(s):
English Montane Shrew Tenrec, Mountain Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only two massifs in northern Madagascar, both protected, where there currently are no known major threats to this species.
2006 Vulnerable (IUCN 2006)
2006 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from two massifs in the northern highlands of Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of 1,225 to 1,950 m.
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Population [top]

Population: Based on standard trapping techniques this species is relatively common (S.M. Goodman pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is apparently restricted to a rather narrow elevational band of mid-montane to sclerophyllous montane forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no obvious major threats at present, but habitat loss from slash and burn/tavy cultivation is a potential future threat. Although this species has a restricted range, all of the records are within protected areas or from sites that will soon be protected.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve and the Marojejy National Park. It is also known from the western slope of a massif outside of the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve which will soon become a protected area. Further research is needed into the population, range and biology and ecology of this species.

Citation: Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale monticola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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