Geogale aurita 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Geogale aurita Milne-Edwards & A. Grandidier, 1872
Common Name(s):
English Large-eared Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: 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: 2014-09-28
Assessor(s): Stephenson, P.J., Soarimalala, V. & Goodman, S.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Olson, L.
It is listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution in southern and western Madagascar, its presumed large population and because 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 found in western and southern Madagascar, south of the River Tsiribihina. Although this species is not known from many sites, it likely occurs in appropriate habitat in between the known localities.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is rarely found, as it requires specialized trapping techniques (pitfall traps or by hand). However, it is common in owl pellets at some sites.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in dry deciduous forest, gallery forest and spiny bush. It undergoes daily and seasonal torpor, and is not active during the austral winter. This species has been captured in open savanna (several kilometres from forest). This is a termite specialist that could be reliant on termite mounds even if there are no forest. It seems to be adaptable to some habitat disturbance but we need to know more about its habitat needs.

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Many of the forests that this species is found in are under threat from land clearance for cultivation and charcoal production.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from several protected areas including Ankarafantsika National Park, Beza-Mahafaly Special Reserve, Andohahela National Park, Tsimanampetsotsa RNI and Zombitse National Park. It has also been found in the private concession of Kirindy CFPF.

Citation: Stephenson, P.J., Soarimalala, V. & Goodman, S. 2016. Geogale aurita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T9048A97188944. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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