Crocidura xantippe


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crocidura xantippe
Species Authority: Osgood, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Vermiculate Shrew, Xanthippe's 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., Howell, K. & Oguge, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura xantippe is known from Voi and Tsavo in southeast Kenya, possibly Mount Nyiru in northwestern Kenya, and from the Usambaras Mountains in northeastern Tanzania.
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: C. xantippe is generally an uncommon species, even within suitable habitat.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found at foot of of the Usambara Mountains and may have a wider distribution than is currently known. It occurs in bushland or very dry savanna.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: C. xantippe has been recorded from Tsavo National Park, Kenya, and may be present in additional protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution and natural history of this species..

Citation: Hutterer, R., Howell, K. & Oguge, N. 2008. Crocidura xantippe. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 July 2015.
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