Crocidura desperata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura desperata Hutterer, Jenkins & Verheyen, 1991
Common Name(s):
English Desperate Shrew

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., Howell, K. & Jenkins, P.
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, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Crocidura desperatais endemic to relict forest patches in the Rungwe and Udzungwa mountains of southern Tanzania. It is found at elevations over 1,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1500
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Population [top]

Population:The species is known from few specimens. It has been collected relatively recently, indicating that the species is still extant.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in the mountain bamboo zone of patchy montane tropical moist forests.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is considered threatened by increasing forest loss and fragmentation in the Udzungwe Mountains of southern Tanzania. It is particularly vulnerable due to its restricted range, although restricted range in itself is not necessarily a direct threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species may occur within Uzungwe National Park, but its presence there is uncertain. There is an urgent need to effectively conserve remaining tracts of montane forest inhabited by this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R., Howell, K. & Jenkins, P. 2008. Crocidura desperata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5624A11447747. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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