Crocidura telfordi 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura telfordi
Species Authority: Hutterer, 1986
Common Name(s):
English Telford's Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: There is a need to review the taxonomic relationship of populations from the Uluguru Mountains and the Udzungwa Mountains to determine if they are a single, or two distinct, species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) 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)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Uluguru Mountains.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)
1996 Critically Endangered (CR)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura telfordi is endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania, inhabiting parts of the Uluguru Mountains and Udzungwa Mountains (Stanley et al. 2000). This species occurs above 1,150 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1150
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Population [top]

Population: This species occurs at very low densities and is not often found.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little known species appears to be limited to montane tropical moist forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by forest loss in the Uluguru Mountains, presumably largely through logging and conversion of land to agricultural use..

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from some forest reserves. There is a need to prevent further habitat loss and degradation within the restricted range of this species. Additional studies are needed into the species natural history and taxonomy.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura telfordi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5584A11378519. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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