Microgale soricoides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microgale soricoides
Species Authority: Jenkins, 1993
Common Name(s):
English Shrew-toothed Shrew Tenrec, Shrew Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Rakotondravony, D. & Jenkins, P. (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, presence 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 endemic to eastern Madagascar where it ranges from the northern highlands, south through the eastern humid forest to Andohahela. It ranges between approximately 750 and 1,990 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: Based on standard trapping techniques this species can be moderately common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an eastern humid forest species that ranges from lowland to sclerophyllous montane forest. It prefers montane forest areas. It is a forest dependent species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by deforestation (through conversion to agricultural use and logging) and habitat fragmentation at the lower altitudinal part of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in the protected areas of Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve; Manongarivo Special Reserve; Marojejy National Park; Andringitra National Park; Pic d’Ivohibe Special Reserve; Ranomafana National Park; Mantadia National Park; Andohahela National Park and Kalambatritra Special Reserve. Further studies into the population abundance and distribution of this species are needed.

Citation: Rakotondravony, D. & Jenkins, P. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Microgale soricoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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