Crocidura whitakeri 

Scope: Global & Mediterranean
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura whitakeri De Winton, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Whitaker's Shrew
Spanish Musaraña Magrebí

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-10
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsainas, G. & Palomo, L.
A relatively widespread species in North Africa, with no major threats at the presente, hence is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Crocidura whitakeri is endemic to Atlantic and Mediterranean parts of North Africa; Western Sahara (R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007), Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (see references in Wilson and Reeder 2005). It also occurs on Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish Northern African Territories) (L.J.P. Muñoz pers. comm. 2007). It has been recorded from sea level to 1,800 m and is especially well distributed along the Atlantic front of Morocco. It seems to be absent from most of Algeria's coastal zone, where its distribution runs along southern border of the Saharan Atlas mountains. There is one record from coastal Egypt (Wilson and Reeder 2005).

New localities have recently been found in southern Tunisia. Some data are also available from western Libya, where it was reported as Crocidura russula but may be C. whitakeri(R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007).

Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia; Western Sahara
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1800
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]


Population size and trends are unknown. It is a very difficult species to find and to track in the field.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

C. whitakeri seems to be dependent on dry and stony habitats, with sparse vegetation (i.e., steppe or subdeserts). It is also found in sandy coastal dunes. The species shelters among rocks and in rodent burrows.


Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No major threats are known. The main natural predator of this species is the Barn Owl. It can be affected by pesticides, which are used massively against locusts in the southern part of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Crocidura whitakeri (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41366A115519360. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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