Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from four sites in two massifs in the northern highlands of Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of 1,500 to 1,950 m (Goodman and Jenkins 1998,Goodman and Jenkins2000, Goodmanet al. 2013).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology

It is apparently restricted to a rather narrow elevational band of moist montane to sclerophyllous montane forest (1,500-1,950 m asl; Goodman and Jenkins 1998, 2000).


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
2015

Assessor/s
Goodman, S., Stephenson, P.J. & Soarimalala, V.

Reviewer/s
Taylor, A.

Contributor/s
Jenkins, P.

Justification
This species is listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2 because it is known from only four locations at a very narrow elevational range on two massifs in northern Madagascar. There are threats to the habitat of the species, especially from illegal logging, even in the two protected areas in which it occurs. Additional threats to these sites come from unsustainable fuelwood harvesting and gemstone mining. These threats could drive this species towards extinction in a short time period.

History
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • 2006
    Vulnerable (VU)
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Population

Population
Based on standard trapping techniques, this species is relatively common where it occurs (S.M. Goodman pers. comm.).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
Illegal logging activity, driven by the ongoing illegal trade in rosewood, is a major threat to Marojejy National Park and Anjanaharibe-Sud Special reserve, the only two protected sites for this species. As a result, the two protected areas and other sites in the rainforests of the Atsinanana have been given the category of World Heritage Sites in Danger by UNESCO (UNESCO 2015). Habitat loss from timber extraction and slash and burn cultivation remains a threat across the narrow range of the species, even in protected areas. Additional threats to these sites come from unsustainable fuelwood harvesting and gemstone mining (Schwitzer et al. 2013).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

It has been recorded from the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve and the Marojejy National Park (Goodman and Jenkins 1998, 2000). It is also known from the western slope of a massif outside of the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve which will soon become a protected area. Further research is needed into the population, range, biology and ecology of this species, especially to determine its full distribution and habitat needs.

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Wikipedia

Montane shrew tenrec

The montane shrew tenrec (Microgale monticola) is a species of mammal in the Tenrecidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.[2]

References

  1. ^ Bronner, G. N.; Jenkins, P. D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 74. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
  2. ^ a b Afrotheria Specialist Group (Tenrec Section), Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (2008). Microgale monticola. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
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