Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the east side of the Aberdare Mountain Range in central Kenya. The type locality is Nyeri, with two more localities known. The distribution of this species probably follows the top of this mountain range. Field surveys undertaken on Mount Kenya have not recorded this species. It occurs at elevations of around 2,800 to 3,300 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits dense montane grassland above the treeline.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
D2

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Oguge, N. & Hutterer, R.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location (highlands of the Aberdare Mountain Range), and habitat loss resulting from climate change represents a plausible future threat.

History
  • 2004
    Vulnerable
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
There is little information available on the population abundance of this species.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There appear to be no major threats to the high elevation habitat of this species. It is potentially threatened by climate change.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species is present within the Aberdare National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.
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Wikipedia

Aberdare mole shrew

The Aberdare mole shrew (Surdisorex norae) is a species of mammal in the Soricidae family endemic to the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya. Its natural habitat is tropical high-altitude bamboo and grassland.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oguge, N. & Hutterer, R. (2008). Surdisorex norae. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2009-06-24.


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