Crocidura maquassiensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura maquassiensis
Species Authority: Roberts, 1946
Common Name(s):
English Makwassie Musk Shrew, Maquassie Musk Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Baxter, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura maquassiensis is found in South Africa (Transvaal, Northwest Province, Kwa-Zulu Natal), Zimbabwe (including Nyamaziwa Falls and Matopo Hills) and Swaziland.
South Africa; Swaziland; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This species is relatively rare and seldom caught in traps during sampling. C. maquassiensis is a small shrew that is not easily trapped.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. maquassiensis is found in rocky, mountain habitats. It may tolerate a wider range of habitats and individuals have been collected in Kwa-Zulu Natal from a garden, and in mixed bracken and grassland alongside a river at 1,500 m asl (Taylor 1998). A single specimen has been collected from coastal forest.
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: This species occurs in Drakensberg in South Africa, a protected wilderness area, and presumably is present in additional protected areas within its southern African range. Further studies are needed into the distribution and general ecology of this species.

Citation: Baxter, R. 2008. Crocidura maquassiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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