Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Paucituberculata Caenolestidae

Scientific Name: Caenolestes convelatus
Species Authority: Anthony, 1924
Common Name(s):
English Blackish Shrew Opossum, Northern Shrew Opossum, Northern Caenolestid
French Cénolestidé Noirâtre

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(i,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Patterson, B. & Gomez-Laverde, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
The species is listed as Vulnerable because it is found in an area less than 20,000 km², with severe fragmentation and a continuing decline in habitat extent. The southern range segment has been and is more threatened by deforestation than the northern segment.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in two range sections in the Andes of western Colombia and north central Ecuador (Gardner, 2007)). In Colombia, it is found from 1,800 to 3,800 m (Alberico et al. 2000). In Ecuador, it is found from 1,100 to 2,980 m (D. Tirira pers. comm.). There is a record at 4,100 m in the eastern cordillera in Ecuador (Albuja and Patterson 1996).
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in lower to upper montane forest, and has been found in secondary forest and adjacent to forested areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation for agriculture occurs in both range segments; however, historic deforestation was more intense in the southern range segment.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a need for further research on this species' distribution and natural history. The species has been recorded from some protected areas, Tatama National Park in Colombia, and Antisana and Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserves in Ecuador.

Citation: Patterson, B. & Gomez-Laverde, M. 2008. Caenolestes convelatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T40522A10328655. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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