Soriculus nigrescens 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Soriculus nigrescens
Species Authority: (Gray, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Himalayan Shrew, Sikkim Large-clawed Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: The form occurring in southwest China, is much smaller than the nominate and may represent a separate species (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from northern South Asia and southwestern China. In South Asia, it is widely distributed in altitudes between 1,500 and 4,300 m asl of the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan and India (Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) (Molur et al. 2005). In China, it has been recorded from Xizang and Yunnan (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Bhutan; China; India; Nepal
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: > 2,000
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4300
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Population [top]

Population: In China it is a common species (Smith and Xie 2008). The population status in South Asia is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in mixed deciduous-coniferous forest, conifer-rhododendron forest, and above timberline, the alpine zone (Smith and Xie 2008). In South Asia, it is additionally reported from open rocky areas (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this widespread species as a whole. In South Asia, the major threats faced by this species are habitat loss due to agriculture expansion and human settlements (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In South Asia, the species is known from the protected areas only in Nepal, where it is known from Annapurna Conservation Area, Makalu Barun National Park, Langtang National Park, Rara National Park, Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Molur, S. 2008. Soriculus nigrescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41434A10471272. . Downloaded on 28 May 2016.
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