Sorex saussurei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sorex saussurei
Species Authority: Merriam, 1892
Common Name(s):
English Saussure's Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Cuarón, A.D., de Grammont, P.C., Woodman, N. & Matson, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, 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 Mexico, from Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, México, Distrito Federal, Morelos and Puebla, from 2,100 to at least 3,650 m asl (Carraway, 2007). A disjunct population in Guatemala was provisionally included by Junge and Hoffmann (1981) but is most likely a separate species.
Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon to locally common species (Reid, 1997).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in high elevation forest, as well as high elevation fields with corn or oats planted (Carraway, 2007). It is terrestrial and travels in shallow burrows in the leaf litter or near the soil surface (Reid, 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is occurring in parts of its range, although this is not considered a major threat since it is such a widespread species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is included in Mexican legislation under special conservation (NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2001) at the sub-species level (cristobalensis, veraecrucis and oaxacae). Taxonomic studies are needed to resolve the range of this species.

Citation: Cuarón, A.D., de Grammont, P.C., Woodman, N. & Matson, J. 2008. Sorex saussurei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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