Microgale taiva 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Microgale taiva 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.).

Note: This is an amended assessment to correct the order of the Assessors.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-02-04
Assessor(s): Stephenson, P.J., Soarimalala, V. & Goodman, S.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Andrianjakavelo, V. & Ramiarinjanahary, H.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and presence in a number of protected areas. Even though habitat loss is a threat, this species it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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 530 and 2,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):530
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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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.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no use or trade information.

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: Stephenson, P.J., Soarimalala, V. & Goodman, S. 2016. Microgale taiva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T62019A97202201. . Downloaded on 21 September 2017.
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