Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale gymnorhyncha
Species Authority: Jenkins, Goodman & Raxworthy, 1996
Common Name(s):
English Naked-nosed Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges through eastern Madagascar where it is associated with humid forest formations. It ranges between 970 and 1,990 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance is not known. It may be difficult to trap.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in mid to high altitude eastern humid forests. It has not been recorded from degraded forests. Little is known about its ecology, but similar adaptations to Microgale gracilis suggest that it is a semi-fossorial species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At lower elevations in its range it is threatened by pastoral grazing, deforestation and fire.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from several protected areas including Andringitra National Park, Ranomafana National Park, Andohahela National Park, Marojejy National Park, Anjanaharibe-sud Special Reserve, Ambohitantely Special Reserve, and Pic d'Ivohibe Special Reserve. Further research is needed into population abundance, distribution, ecology, biology and threats.

Citation: Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Microgale gymnorhyncha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T62014A12576879. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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