Crocidura polia Hollister, 1916

Fuscous shrew, Polia's shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1916 or before; 1916 (Martin et al., 2023)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Medje, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hollister, N. (1916). Shrews collected by the Congo Expedition of the American Museum. Bulletin of the Americdan Museum of Natural History 35: 663-680.


Other references:

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.

Hutterer, Rainer. (2005). Order Soricomorpha. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 220-311. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Kennerley, R. (2016). Crocidura polia (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T5591A115075965. Accessed on 28 May 2022.

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

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.

Ray, C. J. and Hutterer, Rainer. (2013). Sylvisorex johnstoni Kongana Forest Shrew. In: Happold M. and Happold D.C.D. (eds), Mammals of Africa: Volume IV, pp. 191-192. Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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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