Crocidura andamanensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura andamanensis
Species Authority: Miller, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Andaman White-toothed Shrew, Andaman Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 100 km², all individuals are in a single location (South Andaman Island), and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2002 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was previously only known by the holotype of 'South Andaman Island', India in the eastern Indian Ocean. A single individual of this species was recently collected on Mount Harriet, South Andaman Island (Das 1999; Hutterer 2005).
Countries occurrence:
India (Andaman Is. - Regionally Extinct)
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: <100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 100
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Population [top]

Population: Population abundance is not known (Molur et al. 2005).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is a nocturnal animal, that lives in tropical moist deciduous and evergreen forests, where it inhabits leaf litter and rock crevices (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat loss due to anthropogenic activities on the island, except within the National Park. It is possible that the habitat of this species was damaged by the December 2004 tsunami event (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from Mount Harriet National Park (Das, 1999). Taxonomic research and field surveys to determine the population size and range and the current status of the available habitat, with ongoing monitoring of populations needed (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Molur, S. 2008. Crocidura andamanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5595A11400383. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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