|Scientific Name:||Crocidura whitakeri|
|Species Authority:||De Winton, 1898|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Hutterer, R., Amori, G., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J.|
|Reviewer/s:||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
C. whitakeri is relatively widespread within its range in North Africa.
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).
Native:Algeria; Egypt; Morocco; Spain (Spanish North African Territories); Tunisia
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|Population:||Population size and trends are unknown. It is a very difficult species to find and to track in the field.|
|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.|
|Major Threat(s):||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:||None in place.|
|Citation:||Hutterer, R., Amori, G., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Crocidura whitakeri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.|
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