Elephantulus revoilii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Elephantulus revoilii
Species Authority: (Huet, 1881)
Common Name(s):
English Somali Sengi, Somali Elephant-shrew
Elephantulus revoili (Huet, 1881) [orth. error]
Macrocelides revoilii Huet, 1881
Taxonomic Notes: In the past the single family was included in the order Insectivora, but now the family is in the monophyletic order Macroscelidea and the newly created super-cohort Afrotheria. Currently, there are 17 living species recognized in four genera. The soft-furred sengis or elephant-shrews include three genera: Macroscelides and Petrodromus are each monospecific, while Elephantulus contains 11 species. The four species of giant sengis belong to the genus Rhynchocyon. The common name "sengi" is being used in place of elephant-shrew by many biologists to try and disassociate the Macroscelidea from the true shrews (family Soricidae) in the order Soricomorpha. See the Afrotheria Specialist Group web site for additional information..

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): FitzGibbon, C., Perrin, M. & Stuart, C. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Virtually nothing is known about the specific habitats used by this species or how widespread the species is in Somalia. It is thought to occur in habitats similar to Elephantulus rufescens, although probably somewhat more arid. Although it is not likely that this species is of any conservation concern, because of the lack of information as well as the relatively restricted distribution it is listed as Data Deficient.
2006 Data Deficient (IUCN 2006)
2006 Data Deficient
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found only along the northern coast of Somalia (Corbet and Hanks 1968).
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Similar to Elephantulus rufescens, but not well known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not known to occur in any protected areas. It should be a priority for further survey work.

Citation: FitzGibbon, C., Perrin, M. & Stuart, C. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group) 2008. Elephantulus revoilii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 May 2015.
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