Crocidura kivuana 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)

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.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1700
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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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.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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 2008: e.T5568A11338063. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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