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Congosorex verheyeni

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Congosorex verheyeni
Species Authority: Hutterer, Barriere & Colyn, 2002
Common Name/s:
English Lesser Congo 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.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of some habitat disturbance, presumed large overall population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This recently described species is known from the west bank of the Congo River, where it has only been recorded from western Congo and the Central African Republic. Surveys have not found Congosorex verheyni south of the Congo River, and it does not seem to occur east of Ubangi (Oubango) River. There are presently three recorded localities, two of which are in protected areas. This species has not been recorded from Cameroon, though it is likely that is occurs there. It may also be found to occur in Gabon, though there is no evidence of its existence there at present.
Countries:
Native:
Central African Republic; Congo
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not uncommon in suitable habitat. It is found at lower abundances in disturbed habitat.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. verheyeni is principally present in primary forest. However, it also occurs in quite dense secondary forest, and in areas of degraded forest. Very little information is available on the biology of C. verheyen. This species may be found in burrows under leaf litter but it is not thought to be a fossorial species. It feeds on invertebrates.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found within two protected areas including the Parc National d'Odzala (Congo). Further studies into the distribution and natural history of this species are needed.
Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Congosorex verheyeni. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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