Suncus infinitesimus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus infinitesimus (Heller, 1912)
Common Name(s):
English Least Dwarf Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Suncus infinitesimus possibly represents a complex of at least two similar species. Further studies are needed to clarify the taxonomic status of populations currently allocated to this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hutterer, R., Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Baxter, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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 Subsaharan African species has a seemingly wide but disjunct range. It is found as distinct populations in South Africa and Kenya (Rumruti and Rongai), with additional isolated records from Central African Republic, Swaziland and Cameroon. It possibly occurs in Uganda, however, this needs to be confirmed. It has been recorded from 1,700 to 2,100 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Kenya; South Africa; Swaziland
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Population [top]

Population:This species has an extremely small body size (2.5-3 grams), and is rarely captured during field surveys.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The area where has been recorded in Kenya (Rongai) is arable land (cereal and maize) at an altitude of 1,700-2,100 m asl. Within South Africa, it has been found in forest and grassland, including moist-subtropical, up to 2,000 m asl. The records are often associated with termitries. The record in the Central African Republic was from the forest edge.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. It is not known if the species is present within any protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, general ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2017. Suncus infinitesimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T41437A22288518. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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