Crocidura maurisca


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura maurisca
Species Authority: Thomas, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Dark Shrew, Gracile Naked-tailed Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): 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 relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura maurisca has largely been recorded from the swamps and primary forest of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa and East Africa. It has been recorded from Uganda (type locality at Entebbe), Rwanda, Burundi (including Kibira National Park) and Kenya. There is a single very disjunct record of this species from Gabon (Goodman et al., 2001). It occurs at elevations around 2,000 m asl, except for the type locality which is at 800 m asl.
Burundi; Gabon; Kenya; Rwanda; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. maurisca appears to be dependant on Cyperus swamps. Most of the records for this species are from Albertine rift montane areas. The Gabon record and type collection from Uganda, were recorded from lowland tropical moist forest.
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 in Kibira National Park in Burundi and may also occur in areas of Bwindi forest in Uganda which are protected. Additional surveys are needed to better understand the distribution, natural history and threats to this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura maurisca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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