Crocidura zimmeri 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Crocidura zimmeri
Species Authority: Osgood, 1936
Common Name(s):
English Upemba Shrew, Zimmer's Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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 Data Deficient in view of the absence of sufficient information on its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Crocidura zimmeri is a very distinct species from Katanga Province, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is known only from Upemba National Park. It was described in 1936 when two specimens were collected but has not been collected or seen again. However, this area has not been thoroughly sampled since its discovery and it is possible that further surveys may provide new records. It is thought to occur at an altitude of approximately 600-700 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Lower elevation limit (metres): 600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 700
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. zimmeri is a large shrew and one of the most distinctive of the Crocidura species. There is little natural history information available for this species. The Upemba National Park largely consists of wetlands, and the species is though to be associated with these habitat types.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species may be threatened by gold and diamond mining in Bakama. There is also a considerable amount of settlement and fishing in the area where it is found.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Upemba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and threats to this little known species.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Howell, K. 2008. Crocidura zimmeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5640A11468611. . Downloaded on 26 May 2016.
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