Crocidura selina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura selina
Species Authority: Dollman, 1915
Common Name(s):
English Moon Shrew, Ugandan Lowland Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: There is a need to confirm the identity of animals from Kenya provisionally allocated to this species (Crocidura cf. selina) by Oguge et al. (2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R., Oguge, N. & 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 continuing uncertainty as to its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status. If the species is found to be limited to Uganda, it seems probable that it will qualify for assessment as Vulnerable or Near Threatened.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Endangered (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Endangered
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura selina has been recorded from three lowland forests in Uganda (including the type locality of Mabira Forest) (Dippenaar 1989), and there is also a possible record (Crocidura cf. selina) from an isolated forest patch in the Kyulu Hills of southern Kenya (Oguge et al. 2004). C. selina has not been found in forest in Nairobi, or near Mount Kenya. Its maximum elevation is approximately 1,700 to 1,800 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: This species appears to be uncommon in Uganda. It is the most common shrew in the Kyulu Hills of Kenya (Oguge et al. 2004).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. selina is found in tropical moist forest and swamps.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It may be threatened by forest fragmentation in Uganda. Oguge et al. (2004) indicate that the species is potentially threatened by the ongoing loss of forest fragments in Kenya.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in a National Park in Kenya. There is a need for additional research into the taxonomy, distribution, natural history and threats to this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R., Oguge, N. & Howell, K. 2008. Crocidura selina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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