Crocidura smithii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura smithii
Species Authority: Thomas, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Desert Musk Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: There are two very isolated populations which may be distinct at the species level.

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. & Baxter, 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. More research is needed on the taxonomy of this species.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura smithii occurs in arid regions of Senegal, Ethiopia and possibly Somalia (where suitable habitat exists). The two known populations are distinct subspecies that are extremely isolated from one another.
Ethiopia; Senegal
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The natural history of this species is not well known. C. smithii has been recorded from dry Sahelian savanna.
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: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. It is not known if the species is present within any protected areas. Additional details are needed on the natural history of this species and its possible presence in Somalia.

Citation: Hutterer, R., Howell, K. & Baxter, R. 2008. Crocidura smithii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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