Myosorex zinki 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Myosorex zinki
Species Authority: Heim de Balsac & Lamotte, 1956
Common Name(s):
English Kilimanjaro Mouse Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Howell, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location (Mount Kilimanjaro), and habitat loss resulting from climate change represents a plausible future threat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Myosorex zinki is endemic to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Grimshaw et al. 1997). It is thought to occur at elevations between 2,470 - 4,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2470
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4000
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Population [top]

Population: This is a locally common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in a number of habitats including forest, heathland, moorland and up to edge of alpine desert.
It is a large and distinct species that resembles M. eisentrauti from Bioko (Stanley and Hutterer, 2000).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no current major threats to this species, however, climate change is a plausible future threat to its montane habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in the well protected Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Howell, K. 2008. Myosorex zinki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T45048A10976042. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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