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Crocidura crossei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura crossei
Species Authority: Thomas, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Crosse's Shrew
Synonym(s):
Crocidura ingoldbyi Heim de Balsac, 1956
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly included Crocidura jouvenetae, see notes on these two species in Hutterer (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Jenkins, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Hutterer (2005) records this West African species as probably ranging through lowland forest from Guinea to western Cameroon. Although it is largely a lowland species, there is a record from Mount Cameroon.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: This is thought to be the commonest shrew in Nigerian rainforest (Happold 1975; Happold 1987). Comprised 70% of the two species of shrew captured during a three-year study in the Gambari Forest Reserve, Nigeria (Hutterer and Happold 1983).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In Nigeria, this species has been recorded from primary lowland tropical moist forest, or relict forests in derived savanna, and is possibly present in tree plantations (Hutterer and Happold 1983; Happold 1987; Decher et al. 1997). It is a terrestrial species that searches through leaf litter and siimilar ground cover for food (Happold 1987).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Gambari Forest Reserve (Happold 1997) and is presumably present in a number of West African protected areas. Further research is needed into the range of both this species and the partially sympatric Crocidura jouvenetae. This is a widespread and common species of no immediate conservation concern.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Jenkins, P. 2008. Crocidura crossei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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