Suncus megalura 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Suncus megalura (Jentink, 1888)
Common Name(s):
English Climbing Shrew
Sylvisorex megalura (Jentink, 1888)
Taxonomic Notes: Until recently this species was included in the genus Sylvisorex (see Hutterer 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-29
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hutterer, R., Oguge, N. & Howell, K.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, survives well in disturbed habitat, 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 widespread Subsaharan African species ranges from Guinea in the west, through West Africa, to Cameroon, and from here into southern Central African Republic, northern and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi, into much of East Africa, ranging from Ethiopia in the north to Mozambique and Malawi in the south, also ranging into northern Zimbabwe, Zambia and parts of Angola. Most specimen were captured from 1,600 m to 1,900 m.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1600
Upper elevation limit (metres):1900
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Population [top]

Population:It appears to be an uncommon, but regularly recorded, species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in a wide variety of forest and savanna habitats, including both lowland and montane tropical moist forest, forest edge habitats and moist savanna. It is insectivorous. Litter size is 1.8.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are 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. In view of its wide range, it is presumably present in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2017. Suncus megalura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T41446A22288732. . Downloaded on 16 July 2018.
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