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Crocidura bottegoides

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura bottegoides
Species Authority: Hutterer & Yalden, 1990
Common Name(s):
English Bale Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Lavrenchenko, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species' area of occupancy is less than 500 km², and it is known from less than five localities. There is extensive habitat destruction, though more research is necessary to determine the impact on this species.
History:
2004 Endangered
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Bale mountains and Mount Albasso in Ethiopia. Five specimens have been recorded from two isolated forest patches. It is thought to occur at elevations between 2,400 m to 3,280 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Ethiopia
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommon and is only known from five specimens. Harenna Forest contains the greater abundance of the two patches.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. bottegoides occurs in grassy clearings within the Harenna forest in the Bale Mountains. These clearlings are within a mosaic of different habitats including Erica arboreum woodland, grassy clearings in escarpment forest, moist riverine habitat, and mixed evergreen tropical rainforest. It is restricted to forest on narrow, south facing slopes of the escarpements.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The remnant areas of forest within the Bale Mountains are generally threatened by collection of timber and firewood by local villagers and groups of insurgents. The habitat of this species is also believed to be threatened by fires started by people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Harenna forest, Bale Region, is one of the few remaining natural forests in southern Ethiopia and currently, the largest sub-section of the Bale Mountains National Park.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Lavrenchenko, L. 2008. Crocidura bottegoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 July 2014.
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