Grey Shrew (Crocidura attenuata)     

 Range Description:

This widespread Asian species ranges from India and perhaps Pakistan in the west of its range, through much of Eastern China and mainland Southeast Asia. It is present on the islands of Hainan and Taiwan. In the Philippines, the species was believed to be restricted to Batan Island (Heaney and Ruedi 1994), however, a 2004 survey recorded the species from Calayan Island and the Babuyan Islands (Oliveros et al. 2004). It is unclear if the species is present on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is found from sea level up to 3,000 m asl.This widespread Asian species ranges from India and perhaps Pakistan in the west of its range, through much of eastern China and mainland Southeast Asia. It is present on the islands of Hainan and Taiwan. In the Philippines, the species was believed to be restricted to Batan Island (Heaney and Ruedi 1994), however, a 2004 survey recorded the species from Calayan Island and the Babuyan Islands (Oliveros et al. 2004). It is unclear if the species is present on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is found from sea level up to 3,000 m asl.
Countries: Native:
Cambodia; China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Vietnam

Population:

This species is generally abundant and stable, although there have been some localised population declines. It is often the most common shrew present in any given habitat throughout its range.

Population Trend: Unknown

Description:

HB:90-100; T:48-52; HF: 14-15; E:10-11;

 A small-sized shrew; the pelage is light brownish-grey above, and paler grey to faintly tinged brown below; eyes are very small with prominent ears, and the snout is shrew-characterized tapered and pronounced, which projects beyond the lower lip; the tail is short, which is about 50% of the head-to-body length, and it is bi-coloured which is dark brown above, light below; both feet bear five digits with claws, thinly covered by short pale hairs on ventral side, and characterized by enlarged fore claws.

Habitat and Ecology:

The species occurs in a wide variety of habitats including lowland and montane tropical and subtropical moist forest, bamboo forest, herbaceous vegetation, scrubland, foothills of Terai and Babbar regions (South Asia). It can be found in secondary forest close to rivers (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species as a whole. In South Asia it is locally threatened by habitat loss and invasive species (Molur et al. 2005).

 Conservation Actions:

This species is present in several protected areas (eg. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal, India). General taxonomic research, field surveys, and monitoring of populations are recommended for this species in South Asia (Molur et al. 2005).

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