Crocidura tarella


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura tarella
Species Authority: Dollman, 1915
Common Name(s):
English Tarella Shrew, Ugandan Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Kerbis Peterhans, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in two, or possibly three, locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a very restricted range in the montane region of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. It is currently known only from three localities. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it has been recorded from Chaya, Ruchuru (type locality). In Uganda, it has been recorded within the Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park (Kasangaki et al. 2003) and possibly occurs in the Mbanga Forest ~113 km (70 miles) northwest of Entebe. Surveys within the area suggest that it does not range to the west of the known localities. It occurs at elevations between 1,000-2,000 m asl.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This species is believed to be relatively uncommon.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Although little is known about the natural history of this species, it has been recorded from mid-elevation tropical moist forests close to highlands.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by forest fragmentation, presumably largely through logging operations and conversion of land to agricultural use, which has resulted in small patches of forest surrounded by severely degraded areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. There is a need to effectively conserve remaining areas of suitable upland forest habitat. Additional surveys are needed to locate additional viable populations of this forest shrew. Further studies are needed into the natural history of this species and into the identity of animals recorded from Mbanga Forest, Uganda.

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