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Crocidura elgonius

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura elgonius
Species Authority: Osgood, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Elgon Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the mountains of western Kenya and northeastern Tanzania. It is possibly present in Uganda. It occurs at elevations above 1,000 m asl. Approximately seven localities have been recorded including Mount Elgon in Kenya.
Countries:
Native:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommon to moderately common in suitable areas.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little known species is associated with montane tropical moist forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened within its limited range by general habitat loss, presumably mostly through conversion of land to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs within Mount Elgon National Park. There is a need to effectively protect additional areas of suitable montane forest for this species. Further field surveys are needed to better determine the limits of the species distribution.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura elgonius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 November 2014.
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