Episoriculus fumidus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Episoriculus fumidus (Thomas, 1913)
Common Name(s):
English Taiwan Brown-toothed Shrew, Taiwanese Red-toothed Shrew
Soriculus fumidus Thomas, 1913
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to the genus Episoriculus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-10
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Johnston, C.
Listed as Least Concern, as although the extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it has a presumed large population, occurrence in at least one protected area, no major threats, and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Taiwan, Province of China (Smith and Xie 2008). It occurs at elevations up to 2,438 m asl (Smith and Xie 2008). It is sympatric with Chodsigoa sodalis at Tsuifeng (2,300 m asl) and Alishan (2,438 m asl) (Motokawa et al. 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Taiwan, Province of China (Taiwan, Province of China (main island))
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1560
Upper elevation limit (metres):2438
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Population [top]

Population:There are no current data regarding the population status of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species prefers dense ground cover in both broadleaf and coniferous forest, and subalpine shrublands in high mountains of central Taiwan (Smith and Xie 2008).

It exhibits nocturnal and diurnal activity (Smith and Xie 2008). Reproductive period occurs from March to June, litter size ranges from 2-4 (Smith and Xie 2008).
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are unlikely to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in Yushan National Park (Yu 1994), but it is not known if it occurs in any additional protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance, natural history and threats to this species. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Near Threatened nearly meeting the criteria for listing as Vulnerable D2 (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. 2016. Episoriculus fumidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41429A22293526. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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