Microgale dobsoni 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale dobsoni
Species Authority: Thomas, 1884
Common Name(s):
English Dobson's Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2014-10-20
Assessor(s): Goodman, S., Soarimalala, V. & Stephenson, P.J.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Raherisehena, M. & Andrianjakavelo, V.
It is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population. It occurs in a number of protected areas and tolerates a degree of habitat modification. Therefore, in spite of continued habitat loss it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This species is widespread in the lowland to montane forests of eastern Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of between sea level to 2,500 m asl (above the treeline).

Countries occurrence:
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2500
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Population [top]


It is an abundant species, and in some sites it is the most commonly trapped tenrec.

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species that occurs in lowland to montane eastern humid forests, forest margin habitats, pine plantations, heavily disturbed areas, agricultural land, and non-forested regions of the eastern humid forest. In some sites it is the most commonly trapped tenrec species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no use or trade information.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. Habitat loss is ongoing in parts of the range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from several protected areas including the Ambohitantely Special Reserve; Andringitra National Park; Marojejy National Park; Ankarafantsika National Park; Pic d’Ivohibe Special Reserve; Manongarivo Special Reserve; Andohahela National Park and Kalambatsitra Special Reserve.

Citation: Goodman, S., Soarimalala, V. & Stephenson, P.J. 2015. Microgale dobsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T40587A21290278. . Downloaded on 27 May 2016.
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