Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Sorex ventralis
Species Authority: Merriam, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Chestnut-bellied Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Matson, J., Woodman, N., Castro-Arellano, I. & de Grammont, P.C.
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, relative abundance, 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:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Mexico, and ranges from México eastwards through Distrito Federal, Puebla, Tlaxcala, southwards to Oaxaca in central and southern Mexico (Carraway, 2007).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: In some localities it is apparently abundant (Castro-Arellano and Ceballos in Ceballos and Oliva, 2005).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in montane coniferous forest (Ceballos and Oliva, 2005), and in meadows adjacent to the forest. It is insectivorous (Nowak, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a threat, in particular in the north of its range and outside the protected areas. However, overall there are no major threats to the species at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas, such as Los Volcanes National Park.

Citation: Matson, J., Woodman, N., Castro-Arellano, I. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Sorex ventralis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41426A10467992. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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