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Crocidura niobe

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura niobe
Species Authority: Thomas, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Niobe's Shrew, Stony Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km², and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining outside of well protected areas, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii).
History:
2004 Least Concern
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura niobe occurs in montane forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi and possibly Rwanda. Mount Ruwenzori (1,890 m asl) in Uganda is the type locality for this species. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is found in the Kivu range, west of Lake Kivu (Dieterlen). In Burundi, specimens have been collected from the southern Bururi Forest Reserve at 2,170 m asl and in the north-west of the country from Kibira National Park between 1,950-2,250 m asl. In Uganda in addition to Mount Rwenzori C. niobe has been recorded in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park at 1,600 m asl and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park between 2,600-2,980 m asl (J. Kerbis pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This species is very uncommon.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little is known about the natural history of this species. C. niobe has been recorded from montane tropical moist forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Significant habitat loss is ongoing within the localities of Kibira National Park in Burundi and Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, largely resulting from continuing civil conflict and settlement by refugees in these two parks.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: C. niobe is present in well-managed parks in Uganda, and is present in Kibira National Park in Burundi and Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Further details are needed on the natural history of this species, including its adaptability to habitat degradation.

Citation: Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura niobe. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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