Gaspé shrew (Sorex gaspensis) COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 1

COSEWIC Assessment Summary

Assessment Summary – April 2006

Common name : Gaspé shrew

Scientific name : Sorex gaspensis

Status : Not at Risk

Reason for designation : It is highly likely that this shrew is more widespread and abundant than presently believed. Although the occurrence of presumed preferred habitat is restricted and isolated in the landscape, it is not at risk. The species appears to be widespread in talus habitats throughout its range. Recent information questions the taxonomic status of this shrew. Whereas it may well be a subspecies of Sorex dispar, when the original designation was made, it was considered a Canadian endemic species.

Occurrence : Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Status history : Designated Special Concern in April 1988. Status re-examined and designated Not at Risk in April 2006. Last assessment based on an update status report.

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