Crocidura fumosa


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura fumosa
Species Authority: Thomas, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Smoky White-toothed Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable, because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km² and its area of occupancy is probably less than 2,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura fumosa occurs on Mount Kenya and in the Aberdare range, Kenya. It is found at high altitudes in three isolated "islands" in the Aberdare mountain range. Two of the localities have known elevations of 2,600 m and 3,200 m asl. It is thought that another locality may have a lower elevation at between 1,500 m-2,000 m asl but this would be considered unusual for this species.
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in moist montane forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The greatest threat to this species is the loss of forest (presumably largely through logging and conversion of land to agricultural use), in high elevation areas despite the fact that Mount Kenya and much of the Aberdare range have National Park status.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Both Aberdare and Mount Kenya are classified as National Parks and C.fumosa has a reseasonable degree of protection when it occurs in these area. However, the National Parks are not entirely effective in preventing forest loss.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N. 2008. Crocidura fumosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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