Crocidura cyanea 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura cyanea (Duvernoy, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Reddish-gray Musk Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: There is uncertainty regarding subspecies in East Africa - there are nine subspecies known. Records from Kenya and further north are Crocidura parvipes (R. Hutterer pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-10
Assessor(s): Baxter, R., Hutterer, R., Griffin, M. & Howell, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Crocidura cyanea is a southern African species which occurs in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho (recorded from Mahlanapeng and Sehonghong, Lynch 1994), Swaziland, Zambia (where the species overlaps in range with C. parvipes), Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It may also be present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi and Tanzania but its presence has not been confirmed. Records from Kenya and to the north of this country are of C. parvipes.Crocidura cyanea is found from sea level to 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Lesotho; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is locally abundant in certain areas.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in a wide variety of montane grasslands and temperate and subtropical forests. In Namibia, a population has been found inhabiting a cave, where they feed on cave invertebrates and possibly dead bats (Marais and Irish 1990).
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in several well-protected areas. It is present in at least ten protected areas in Namibia.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Baxter, R., Hutterer, R., Griffin, M. & Howell, K. 2016. Crocidura cyanea (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40625A115176043. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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