Crocidura picea 

Scope: Global
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura picea Sanderson, 1940
Common Name(s):
English Assumbo Shrew, Cameroon Shrew, Pitch Shrew
French Crocidure d'Assumbo

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. & Howell, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its area of occupancy is probably less than 500 km², with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and the extent of its forest habitat in the Cameroon mountains is continuing to decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This little known species is believed to be endemic to the mountains of Cameroon. It has been recorded from the type locality of Tinta (Mamfe Division) (Sanderson 1940), from the Bamenda Highlands (Schlitter et al. 1999), and more recently from Mount Oku (R. Hutterer pers. comm.). The Cameroon mountains are an isolated area, and surveys of other mountain blocks have not revealed this species. Its elevational range is between 1,200-1,800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1200
Upper elevation limit (metres):1800
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Population [top]

Population:This species is very uncommon with very few specimens recorded..
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This little known species is currently known only from montane tropical moist forest habitats.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by extensive habitat destruction and degradation in the Cameroon mountains, including the protected Mount Oku area.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from the Mount Oku Faunal Reserve. It is not known if it is present within any additional protected areas. There is an urgent need to effectively conserve remaining areas of montane forest within the Cameroon highlands. Additional studies are needed into the natural history of this species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Howell, K. 2008. Crocidura picea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5636A11452934. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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