Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale taiva
Species Authority: Major, 1896
Common Name(s):
English Taiva Shrew Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: There may be a need for some review of taxonomy as this species may contain cryptic species (P. Jenkins pers. comm.). This species was formerly included in Microgale cowani (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): Ramiarinjanahary, H., Andrianjakavelo, V. & 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, 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known across the eastern humid forest of Madagascar with the exception of the central section. It has an altitudinal range of between 645 and 1,990 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is present in a range of humid lowland and montane forest habitats. It is generally not found in secondary or degraded forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and fragmentation through conversion of forest to agricultural land, logging activities and fire may threaten the species in the long-term.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protectesd areas including the Analamazaotra Special Reserve; Mantadia National Park; Ranomafana National Park; Andringitra National Park and Marojejy National Park. Further research is needed into the taxonomy, biology and ecology of this species.

Citation: Ramiarinjanahary, H., Andrianjakavelo, V. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Microgale taiva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T62019A12577916. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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