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Crocidura pachyura

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura pachyura
Species Authority: (Kuster, 1835)
Common Name(s):
English North African White-toothed Shrew, Pantellerian Shrew
Synonym(s):
Crocidura cossyrensis Contoli, 1989
Crocidura ichnusae Festa, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon was formerly known as Crocidura ichnusae, but is now confirmed to be valid as C. pachyura (Kuster, 1835) (Turini et al. 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
C. pachyura is endemic to the Mediterranean region and is restricted to the islands of Ibiza (Spain), Sardinia and Pantelleria (Italy) in Europe, and Tunisia and Algeria on the North Africa coast. There are no data on population trends but is very widespread and common on Sardinia where it occupies a very wide range of habitats. Its occurrence on the islands is the result of introductions from the mainland. Currently there are no serious threats known to be affecting the population. Assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura pachyura is endemic to the Mediterranean region. It occurs on the islands of Ibiza (Spain), and Sardinia and Pantelleria (Italy). It also occurs in North Africa, where its range is poorly known but includes Tunisia and eastern Algeria (Wilson and Reeder 2005). Its range in Algeria may extend further west than is shown on the map (R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007). The Pantelleria population may be a separate subspecies (cossyrensis). It occurs from sea level to 800-1,000 m above sea level (G. Amori pers. comm. 2006). Populations on the islands are certainly the result of introductions from the mainland (prior to 1500 A.D. for Sardinia at least) (R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007).
Countries:
Native:
Italy (Sardegna); Spain (Baleares)
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Population [top]

Population: Little is known about population size and trends for this species, but it is not rare (G. Amori pers. comm. 2006). On Sardinia it is common and widespread (R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. pachyura occupies a very wide range of habitats on Sardinia (R. Hutterer pers comm. 2007). It occurs in a variety of habitats including pastures, cultivated fields, low shrubland, gardens, and old agricultural terraces with dry-stone walls (G. Amori pers. comm. 2006).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No serious threats are known at present, although accidental poisoning with pesticides may be a problem. The population on Pantelleria may be threatened because of its highly restricted range (G. Amori pers. comm. 2006).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention (as a subspecies of Crocidura russula). Further research is required to determine population status and trends and to investigate potential threats.

Citation: Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Crocidura pachyura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 July 2014.
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