Crocidura hirta 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura hirta
Species Authority: Peters, 1852
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Red Musk Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Baxter, R. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura hirta is widespread in Central Africa, East Africa and southern Africa. It has been recorded from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Earlier records from Kenya and Somalia probably refer to other Crocidura species, with additional research needed to confirm this. It occurs from several hundred meters asl up to between 1,200 and 1,400 m asl in South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This species is well adapted to living in association with humans or in habitats modified by humans. It is the dominant species in Ngorogoro in Tanzania but is less common in southern parts of its range.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in grassland, savanna and bush savanna. The Nambian subspecies Crocidura hirta deserti occurs in arid areas.
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: This species is found in a number of protected areas. Research is needed into the taxonomic status of animals from Kenya, Somalia and Namibia. There are no direct conservation measures currently needed for the species as a whole.

Citation: Baxter, R. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura hirta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41323A10444187. . Downloaded on 24 May 2016.
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