Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Distributed in China (NW Xinjiang), Kazakhstan (Fumagalli et al., 1999; Hoffmann, 1987), and south of Kyrgyzstan.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Poorly known. The Tian Shan Shrew is probably an alpine specialist, as are cansulus and excelsus. The species is known to inhabit spruce forests, moist alpine meadows and stands of shrubs and reeds, generally at elevations of 2,000-3,000 m. It favors cluttered places with a thick layer of friable litter. It is active throughout the year. Most of its activity is during twilight and night, but it is occasionally encountered during the day. Its diet is diverse, but is predominately comprised of insects. Breeding begins at the end of March or early in April. At this time the testes of males enlarge to 6 mm. They remain in this condition to the end of July, and then regress to their original dimensions, 1-2 mm. Litter size: 1-8 (average 5.3). Independent young are first noticed in early July.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Tsytsulina, K.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
A widespread species with no known major threats.

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
No data available.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Unknown.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Occurs in some protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Tien Shan shrew

The Tien Shan shrew (Sorex asper) is a species of mammal in the Soricidae family. It is found in China and Kazakhstan.

References


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