Nectogale elegans 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Nectogale elegans Milne-Edwards, 1870
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Water Shrew, Web-footed Water Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-15
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species has a wide distribution. There are no data regarding population size and trend, nor about threats, but here it is listed as Least Concern in view of the protected areas within its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been reported from northern South Asia, central and southern China, and northern Southeast Asia. In South Asia, it has been recorded from North Sikkim (India) and Eastern Nepal (Molur et al. 2005). In China, it is present in Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan and Xizang (Smith and Xie 2008). In Southeast Asia, it is limited to parts of northern Myanmar. It is a largely montane species found from 900 to 2,270 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China; India; Myanmar; Nepal
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):900
Upper elevation limit (metres):2270
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Population [top]

Population:There is little information available on the abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a fully aquatic and diurnal species. Individuals have been recorded foraging for aquatic invertebrates and small fish in rapidly flowing streams in mountainous regions (Smith and Xie 2008). Animals often work their way upstream at the water’s edge, exploring under rocks, sticks, and stream bank vegetation, and then to swim out into swift water, where they float downstream (Smith and Xie 2008).
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from some protected areas in Nepal, and is probably present in protected areas within China as well. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Molur, S. 2016. Nectogale elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41455A22319497. . Downloaded on 17 July 2018.
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