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Microgale pusilla

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA AFROSORICIDA TENRECIDAE

Scientific Name: Microgale pusilla
Species Authority: Major, 1896
Common Name(s):
English Least Shrew Tenrec, Lesser Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Rakotondravony, D. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread in eastern forests and adapts to disturbed habitats, including urban rice fields.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in many localities in eastern and the central highlands of Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of sea level to 1,650 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: It is relatively common in suitable habitat (S.M. Goodman pers. comm.). The ability of this species to live outside forests suggests it may not be declining as much as other species of Microgale.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in wide range of habitats including the forest margin, heavily disturbed areas, agricultural zones, paddy fields, sedge marshes, and non-forested regions of the eastern humid forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species can adapt to non-natural habitats and so the main threat may be habitat degradation and mortality through fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from three protected areas: Ambohitantely, Analamazaotra and Mantadia. Further studies are needed into the habitat and ecology of this species.

Citation: Rakotondravony, D. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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