Cryptotis gracilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotis gracilis
Species Authority: Miller, 1911
Common Name(s):
English Talamancan Small-eared Shrew, Talamancan Small Eared Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Matson, J., Woodman, N., Reid, F. & Pino, J.L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², its range is severely fragmented, and the extent and quality of its forest habitat is declining due to deforestation.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from central Costa Rica southwards to western Panama. It is known from 1,800 to 3,400 m asl (Reid, 1997).
Costa Rica; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: This species is fairly common (Reid, 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in highland oak forest and paramo (Reid 1997). The litter size is 1 to 4, and breeding may occur all year round (Reid 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a major threat to this species, and it may also be affected by pesticides.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in some protected areas such as La Amistad National Park in Panama and in many protected areas in Costa Rica.

Citation: Matson, J., Woodman, N., Reid, F. & Pino, J.L. 2008. Cryptotis gracilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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