Eospalax smithii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Eospalax smithii
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1911)
Common Name(s):
English Smith's Zokor
Myospalax smithii Thomas, 1911
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly included in Myospalax (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread, common, there are no major threats, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to China, occurring in the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia, Sichuan, and Shaanxi (Smith and Xie 2008).
China (Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Sichuan)
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies grasslands, steppe, open field, and sometimes cropland (Smith and Xie 2008).

IT forages predominantly on grasses (Smith and Xie 2008). Reproductive period occurs between May and September, during which two litters are produced with litter sizes that range from two to eight (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Wanglang Nature Reserve (CSIS 2008) and may be present in other protected areas. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Near Threatened nearly meeting the criteria for listing as Vulnerable A1bc (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Eospalax smithii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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