Suncus lixus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus lixus (Thomas, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Greater Dwarf Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Suncus lixus 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: 2016-09-03
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Hutterer, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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 widespread species ranges through East Africa, Central Africa and southern Africa. It has been recorded from Tanzania, Malawi (including the type locality of the Nyika Plateau), Democratic Republic of Congo (a single specimen), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola (a single specimen), Botswana, southwestern Mozambique, Swaziland (Malolotja Nature Reserve) and South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:It is uncommon. Mostly known only from few specimens.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has generally been recorded from dry savanna and dry woodland habitats. It has also been encountered in riverine forest, open dry scrub, open grassland, coastal lowland froest, Acaicia woodland and suburban gardens (Skinner and Chimimba 2005).
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 present in several protected areas (eg. Kruger National Park, South Africa). Additional studies are needed into the distribution of this species.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2017. Suncus lixus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T41438A22288609. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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