Microgale fotsifotsy


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microgale fotsifotsy
Species Authority: Jenkins, Raxworthy & Nussbaum, 1997
Common Name(s):
English Pale Shrew Tenrec, Pale-footed Shrew Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: Preliminary evidence suggests that this taxon is currently comprised of two separate species (L. Olson pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Raherisehena, M., Jenkins, P. & Rakotondravony, D. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from a range of localities spanning the eastern lowland forests of Madagascar. It occurs between 440 and 1,990 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: On the basis of standard trapping techniques with pitfall traps, this species is relatively common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial, forest dependent species that occurs in the eastern humid forests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is generally threatened by deforestation and degradation of the forest understorey by cattle (at all elevations), and by fires (largely in the lower elevations of its range).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from a number of protected areas including the Ranomafana National Park, Andohahela National Park, Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Manongarivo Special Reserve, Marojejy National Park, Ambatovaky Special Reserve, Zahamena RNI and Andringitra National Park. Further studies into the taxonomy, population numbers, biology and ecology and range of this species.

Citation: Raherisehena, M., Jenkins, P. & Rakotondravony, D. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale fotsifotsy. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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