Cryptotis montivaga 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Cryptotis montivaga
Species Authority: (Anthony, 1921)
Common Name(s):
English Ecuadorean Small-eared Shrew, Wandering Small-eared Shrew
Taxonomic Source(s): Gardner, A. L. 2005. Didelphis Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Didelphidae): Proposed correction of gender, and Cryptotis Pomel, 1848 (Mammalia, Soricidae): Proposed fixation of gender. Bull. Zool. Nomencl 62: 142–145.
Taxonomic Notes: Revised by Vivar et al. (1997), who called it montivagus. The taxonomy of this species is unclear (N. Woodman pers. comm.), but it is thought to be part of the C. thomasi group.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Woodman, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the Andean zone of central and southern Ecuador (Hutterer 2005). It has an altitudinal range of 2,300 to 4,000 m asl (D. Tirira pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2300
Upper elevation limit (metres):4000
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Population [top]

Population:It is an uncommon species (D. Tirira pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Barnett (1992) studied this species in southern Ecuador. Analysis of stomach contents demonstrated that it feeds on invertebrates including beetles, spiders, and caterpillars. It was found in habitats with closed, continuous vegetation at elevation. A litter size of 2, and 2 litters per year were inferred from the trapping data.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. Although it is found in a region with high rates of habitat loss, the species apparently tolerates some degree of disturbance of its habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas (D. Tirira pers. comm.).

Citation: Woodman, N. 2008. Cryptotis montivaga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41375A10437763. . Downloaded on 31 August 2016.
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