Sorex planiceps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Sorex planiceps Miller, 1911
Common Name(s):
English Kashmir Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Considered a subspecies of thibetanus by Dolgov and Hoffmann (1977) and Hoffmann (1987), but retained by Hutterer (1979) because of larger skull measurements. The taxonomic problem still remains unresolved (Hutterer in Wilson and Reeder 1993)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2017-01-12
Assessor(s): Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it appears to globally occur in an area of extensive, suitable habitat, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in South Asia and China. In South Asia, it has been recorded from the area of Kashmir (administered by India and Pakistan) and North Western Frontier Province in Pakistan, occupying an altitudinal range from 2,280 to 3,970 m asl. In China, it has been recorded from far west Xinjiang and Xizang (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries occurrence:
China; India; Pakistan
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2280
Upper elevation limit (metres):3970
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance of this species is not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Kashmir Shrew lives in coniferous forest and alpine rocky habitats that may be covered with snow for up to eight months of the year (Smith and Xie 2008). Presumably they live on various species of arthropods, woodlice and beetles (Roberts 1997; Smith and Xie 2008).
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats faced by Kashmir Shrew are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance and ecology of this species.

Citation: Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. 2017. Sorex planiceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T41411A22317857. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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