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Elephantulus fuscipes

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA MACROSCELIDEA MACROSCELIDIDAE

Scientific Name: Elephantulus fuscipes
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Dusky-footed Sengi, Dusky-footed Elephant-shrew
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 17 living species recognized in four genera. The soft-furred sengis or elephant-shrews include three genera: Macroscelides and Petrodromus are each monospecific, while 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 for additional information.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): FitzGibbon, C., Perrin, M. & Stuart, C. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
It is likely that with more information, this species should be listed as Least Concern because the habitats that it occupies are not generally highly impacted by human activities and like most sengis that occupy arid habitats inappropriate for human land use. However, because of the relatively small area that it occupies and the lack of specific information on its status, it is here classified as Data Deficient.
History:
2006 Data Deficient (IUCN 2006)
2006 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species occurs in Uganda, north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and southern 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:
Native:
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.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An inhabitant of savanna habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in protected areas.

Citation: FitzGibbon, C., Perrin, M. & Stuart, C. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group) 2008. Elephantulus fuscipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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