Crocidura planiceps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura planiceps Heller, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Flat-headed Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: This species is closely related to Crocidura fuscomurina and may be found to be conspecific.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-22
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R. & Gerrie, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Howell, K. & Hutterer, R.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its taxonomic validity, extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The range of Crocidura planiceps is uncertain. The type locality is 'Rhino Camp, Lado Enclave, Uganda' (Hutterer 2005). It is reported to be present in at several localities in Nigeria (Happold 1987). It was previously recorded as present in "Egyptian Sudan" which is now part of Uganda, and is possibly present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia (Bahar Dar and Jimma) (Hutterer 1981; Hutterer 2005). Happold (1987) suggests that it might be widespread in the Northern savanna zone of Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Nigeria; Uganda
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Little is known about the habitat or ecology of this species. Happold (1987) reports that animals allocated to this species were caught in a Cyperus swamp near a stream in Yankari Game Reserve, Nigeria.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known, however, Nigeria’s wetlands are threatened by factors including: rapid rate of urbanization, uncontrolled tilling for crop production, over-grazing, unprecedented land reclamation, invasion by alien floral and faunal species, desertification, and droughts (Uluocha and Okele 2004).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species. It has been recorded from the Yankari Game Reserve in Nigeria (Happold 1987). Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, breeding biology and general ecology of this species.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Kennerley, R. & Gerrie, R. 2016. Crocidura planiceps (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41351A115180837. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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