Cryptotis thomasi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotis thomasi
Species Authority: (Merriam, 1897)
Common Name(s):
English Thomas' Small-eared Shrew, Thomas's Small-eared Shrew
Cryptotis avia G.M. Allen, 1923
Taxonomic Notes: Woodman (1996) redefined the species and included avia as a synonym.

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 relatively wide distribution, presumed moderately abundant 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Colombia, in the highlands above 2,700 m asl around Bogotá in the Eastern Cordillera (Hutterer 2005). It occurs from 2,700 to 3,500 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: Population trends for this species are unknown, it is assumed to be moderately common (Neal Woodman pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is restricted to higher elevations (Woodman 2003; Hutterer 2005), in paramos and cloud forest. This is the only shrew that may be sympatric with C. brachyonyx (Woodman 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats identified for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from several protected areas, including Chingaza Natural National Park.

Citation: Woodman, N. 2008. Cryptotis thomasi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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