Myosorex babaulti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myosorex babaulti
Species Authority: Heim de Balsac & Lamotte, 1956
Common Name(s):
English Babault's Mouse Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km², and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii).
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Myosorex babaulti is found in Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It may occur in Rwanda but it has not been recorded there so far. It occurs on the mountains to the west and east of Lake Kivu and also on Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu. It is also found on from the Ugandan side of the Virunga Mountains. M. babaulti co-occurs with Myosorex blarina in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Kasangaki et al., 2003). It also occurs in Kibira National Park and Biriwi National Park in Burundi (J. Kerbis unpubl.). It has been recorded between 1,850 (Burundi) and 3,300 m asl (Kivu).
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommon and has a low population density. It represents a low percentage of shrews recorded at sample sites.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: M. babaulti inhabits primary mesic, tropical montane forest. Little additional information is available on the natural history of this species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by habitat loss, largely through logging operations and the conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in several National Parks where management is thought to be effective. Additional studies are needed into the distribution and natural history of this species.

Citation: Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Myosorex babaulti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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