Crocidura muricauda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura muricauda
Species Authority: (Miller, 1900)
Common Name(s):
English Mouse-tailed Shrew, West African Long-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. & Howell, K.
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. It is probable that some populations of this species may be threatened locally even if the species as a whole is not threatened.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This West African species ranges from Guinea and Sierra Leone, through Liberia (including the type locality of Mount Coffee) and Côte d'Ivoire to Ghana.
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: C. muricauda is not common and is thought to have a small population size.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a climbing shrew restricted to West African lowland primary forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat degradation throughout its range, generally through logging and conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: C. muricauda has been recorded in Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire. There is a need to maintain suitable areas of lowland forest for this species. Additional studies are needed into the distribution and natrual history of this species.

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