Taita shrew

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Taita shrew[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
S. aequatorius
Binomial name
Suncus aequatorius
(Heller, 1912)
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Habitat of the Taita Shrew in Kenya.

The Taita shrew (Suncus aequatorius) is an extant species of white-toothed shrew from two localities in the Taita Hills mountain range in the Taita-Taveta District of southwestern Kenya.[2] Given the continuing decline in the quality of this habitat, and the limitations in its range, the IUCN recognises the shrew as a endangered species.[2]


  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 220–311. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b c Hutterer, R. (2008). "Suncus aequatorius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 August 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Aggundey, I. R. and Schlitter, D. A. (1986). Annotated checklist of the mammals of Kenya. II. Insectivora and Macroscelidea. Annals of Carnegie Museum 55: 325-347.
  • Heim de Balsac, H. and Meester, J. (1977). Order Insectivora. In: J. Meester and H. W. Setzer (eds), The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual, pp. 1–29. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., USA.
  • Oguge, N., Hutterer, R. Odhiambo, R. and Verheyen, W. (2004). Diversity and structure of shrew communities in montane forests of southeast Kenya. Mammalian Biology 69: 289-301.