Elephantulus fuscipes 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Macroscelidea Macroscelididae

Scientific Name: Elephantulus fuscipes (Thomas, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Dusky-footed Sengi, Dusky-footed Elephant-shrew
Macroscelides fuscipes Thomas, 1894
Taxonomic Source(s): Corbet, G.B. and Hanks, J. 1968. A revision of the elephant-shrews, family Macroscelididae. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Zoology) 16: 1-111.
Taxonomic Notes:

In the past the single family was included in the order Insectivora, but now the family is in the monophyletic order Macroscelidea and the newly created super-cohort Afrotheria. Currently, there are 19 living species recognized in four genera. The soft-furred sengis or elephant-shrews include three genera:  Petrodromus is monospecific, Macroscelides has three species, and Elephantulus contains 11 species. The four species of giant sengis belong to the genus Rhynchocyon. The common name "sengi" is being used in place of elephant-shrew by many biologists to try and disassociate the Macroscelidea from the true shrews (family Soricidae) in the order Soricomorpha. See the Afrotheria Specialist Group web site and for additional information.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2013-11-29
Assessor(s): Rathbun, G.B.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): FitzGibbon, C., Perrin, M. & Stuart, C.

There are nine documented locations (some may have more than one specimen), all pre-dating 1968 in museum collections. Three are from South Sudan, two from Uganda, and four from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The habitat appears to be some type of savanna or woodland. The area that encompasses the nine localities is about 127,000 km2. Nothing more is known about this species. Although the polygon area is large, it falls in an area that is being greatly impacted by human activities, including oil development, war, and desertification - and without further data it is not possible to reliably classify this species as anything but Data Deficient.

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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species occurs in Uganda,the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Although some generalized distribution maps indicate that E. fuscipes is found in extreme eastern Central African Republic, there are no records from the country (Corbet and Hanks 1968).
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; South Sudan; Uganda
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:An inhabitant of savanna habitats, although no focused studies have been reported.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in protected areas, but quantification is lacking.

Citation: Rathbun, G.B. 2015. Elephantulus fuscipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T42659A21288575. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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