Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality of Mount Kenya in Kenya. It was recorded at 3,261 m asl.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Surdisorex polulus Hollister, 1916
Catalog Number: USNM 163992
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Male; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): J. Loring
Year Collected: 1909
Locality: Mount Kenia [= Kenya], W side, Kenya, Africa
Elevation (m): 3261
  • Type: Hollister, N. 1916 Feb 10. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 66 (1): 1.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits dense montane grassland.

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
Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N.

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 Mount Kenya), and habitat loss resulting from climate change represents a plausible future threat.

History
  • 2004
    Vulnerable
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
It is only known from two or three museum specimens.

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
It is found within the Mount Kenya National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, natural history and possible threats to this species.
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Wikipedia

Mount Kenya mole shrew

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

The Mt. Kenya mole shrew is listed as vulnerable because it is known to only be found in a single location in highlands of Mount Kenya. The habitat of the species is dense montane grassland.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hutterer, R. & Oguge, N. (2008). "Surdisorex polulus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 


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