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Volume 77, Issue 4


Assessment of terrestrial small mammals and a record of the critically endangered shrew Crocidura wimmeri in Banco National Park (Côte d’Ivoire)

Blaise Kadjo
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/ Roger Yao Kouadio / Valérie Vogel / Sylvain Dubey / Peter Vogel
Published Online: 2013-04-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0083


This study investigated the small mammal community of the periurban Banco National Park (34 km2), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, using identical numbers of Sherman and Longworth traps. We aimed to determine the diversity and distribution of rodents and shrews in three different habitats: primary forest, secondary forest and swamp. Using 5014 trap-nights, 91 individuals were captured that comprised seven rodent and four shrew species. The trapping success was significantly different for each species, i.e., the Longworth traps captured more soricids (31/36 shrews), whereas the Sherman traps captured more murids (37/55 mice). The most frequent species was Praomys cf. rostratus, followed by Crocidura buettikoferi, Hybomys trivirgatus and Crocidura jouvenetae. Indices of species richness (S) and diversity (H′) were greatest in primary forest, followed by secondary forest and swamp. Several expected species, such as Crocidura obscurior, were not found, whereas we captured four specimens of the critically endangered (IUCN 2012) Wimmer’s shrew Crocidura wimmeri, a species that has vanished from its type locality, Adiopodoumé. Therefore, Banco National Park represents an important sanctuary, not only for plants, birds and primates, but also for other small forest vertebrates.

Keywords: diversity index; Muridae; small mammal community; Soricidae; threatened species


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Corresponding author: Blaise Kadjo, University of Cocody-Abidjan, UFR Biosciences, Laboratory of Zoology, 22 BP 582 Abidjan 22, Côte d’Ivoire, e-mail:

Received: 2012-07-09

Accepted: 2013-02-19

Published Online: 2013-04-09

Published in Print: 2013-11-01

Citation Information: mammalia, Volume 77, Issue 4, Pages 439–446, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0083.

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