Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale talazaci
Species Authority: Major, 1896
Common Name(s):
English Talzac's Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Raherisehena, M., Randriamanantsoa, H.M. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, presence 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:
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed in areas of relatively intact eastern humid forests of Madagascar. It ranges between 100 and 2,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species appears to prefer relatively intact tropical humid forest habitats. It is not very adaptable to habitat disturbance.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and fragmentation through conversion of forest to agricultural land, logging activities and fire may threaten the species in the long-term.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in many protected areas including the Marojejy National Park, d'Andringitra National Park, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Ranomafana National Park, Manongarivo Special Reserve, Andohahela National Park, d'Ivohibe Special Reserve, Analamazaotra Special Reserve, Ambohitantely Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. No additional conservation measures are needed.

Citation: Raherisehena, M., Randriamanantsoa, H.M. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Microgale talazaci. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41315A10441054. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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