Crocidura kivuana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura kivuana
Species Authority: Heim de Balsac, 1968
Common Name(s):
English Kivu 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. & Dieterlen, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is restricted to one montane swamp area. There are currently no known threats to this species but any draining the swamps would severely degrade its only habitat.
2004 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: C. kivuana is restricted to the Kahuzi Mountains in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is known from two localities, 4 km apart. Its elevational range is 1,700-2,000 m asl.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not uncommon in swamps, but does not seem to be present in other habitat types.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species only occurs in montane cyprus swamps within Kahuzi National Park (Dieterlen and Heim de Balsac, 1979).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although there are no current threats to this species, it is considered plausible that it could be threatened in the future following any drainage of its wetland habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The swamp inhabited by this species is located within Kahuzi-Biega National Park. There is a need to prevent any future habitat loss within the restricted range of this species. Further studies are needed into the natural history of this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Dieterlen, F. 2008. Crocidura kivuana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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