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Suncus murinus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Suncus murinus
Species Authority: Linnaeus, 1766
Common Name(s):
English House Shrew, Asian House Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R., Molur, S. & Heaney, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, it is a human commensal with a tolerance of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This very widespread species occurs virtually throughout the Indomalayan Region, and has been widely introduced by human agency in the Philippines, parts of Africa, coastal Arabia, islands in the Indian Ocean and many other regions (e.g. Guam) (Hutterer and Tranier 1990; Hutterer 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
Introduced:
Bahrain; Comoros; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Guam; Iraq; Japan; Kenya; Kuwait; Madagascar; Mauritius; Oman; Philippines; Réunion; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Yemen
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Population [top]

Population: This is a fairly abundant and stable species. It lives in and around human settlements.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in a very wide variety of habitats, including natural forests, scrubland and grasslands and nearly all secondary amd degraded habitats, such as plantations, pasture, cultivated fields, suburbans and urban areas. It is a human commensal.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in many protected areas and no direct conservation measures are needed.

Citation: Hutterer, R., Molur, S. & Heaney, L. 2008. Suncus murinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 August 2014.
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