Crocidura raineyi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura raineyi
Species Authority: Heller, 1912
Common Name(s):
English Rainey Shrew, Rainey's Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Oguge, N., Hutterer, R. & Howell, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. This species would qualify for a higher threat category if further surveys find that it is restricted to Mount Gargues.
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Critically Endangered
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura raineyi is a very rare species which has only been recorded from Mount Gargues in the Matthews Range, Kenya. It has not been recorded since 1912, with surveys needed in the area. It is not present on the adjacent Neru mountain range. The Matthews Range is fairly extensive, so its distribution may be wider than just Mount Gargues. The elevation range of this species is unknown but its presence in creeks indicates that it is found at lower altitudes.
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Population [top]

Population: C. raineyi is considered to be a very rare species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in montane forests and creeks. It is thought that it may prefer dry forests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by overgrazing of its habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a protected area but grazing during dry season may be a threat. Additional studies are needed into the distribution and natural history of this little known species.

Citation: Oguge, N., Hutterer, R. & Howell, K. 2008. Crocidura raineyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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