Congosorex polli Balsac & Lamotte, 1956

Greater Congo shrew, Poll's shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Myosorex polli Heim de Balsac & Lamotte, 1956


Conservation Status


Poll's Shrew is only known from the holotype, but probably survives. Surveys are needed to determine the full extent of its occurrence.

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Kasai, Labondai, Democratic Republic of Congo


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:
Heim de Balsac, H. and Lamotte, M. (1956). Evolution et phylogénie des Soricidés africaines. Mammalia 20: 140-167.
Other references:
Heim de Balsac, H. (1967). Faits nouveaux concernant les Myosorex (Soricidae) de l'Afrique orientale. Mammalia 31: 610-628.
Hutterer, R. (1993). Order Insectivora, pp. 69-130, in Mammal species of the world, a taxonomic and geographic reference, Second ed. (D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1206 pp.
Hutterer, Rainer. (2008). Congosorex polli. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 28 June 2011.
Nicoll, M. E. and Rathbun, G. B. (1990). African Insectivora and elephant-shrews: An action plan for their conservation. IUCN/SSC Insectivore, Tree-Shrew and Elephant-Shrew Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Queroil, S., R. Hutterer, P. Barrière, M. Colyn, J. C. Kerbis Peterhans, and E. Verheyen. (2001). Phylogeny and evolution of African shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) inferred from 16s rRNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 20: 185-195.

Tafesse , Israel Sebsibe and Yohannes, Yordanos Berihun. (2022). New conservation status for data-deficient endemic mammals of East Africa. Journal for Nature Conservation 65: 126121.


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