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Spalax nehringi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SPALACIDAE

Scientific Name: Spalax nehringi
Species Authority: (Satunin, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Nehring's Blind Mole Rat
Synonym(s):
Nannospalax nehringi (Satunin, 1898)
Taxonomic Notes: It is likely that the species will be split into several species. The karyotype is highly polymorphic with over 30 chromosomal forms. At least some of these forms may be distinct species. Taxonomic work needs to be carried out on this group (ehrenbergi, leucodon and nehringi).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bukhnikashvili, A., Kryštufek, B., Sozen, M., Yigit, N. & Amori, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Data Deficient because of taxonomic problems. The taxonomy of this species is currently crude and in need of revision. However, if after taxonomic revision the taxon is split into several different species, some of these may warrant listing as threatened.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, and also on the east Aegean islands of Gökçeada and Bozcaada (Turkey) (Wilson and Reeder 2005). May occur on Lesbos (Greece) (Mitchell-Jones et al. 1999). Elevation range is from sea level to over 3000 m.
Countries:
Native:
Armenia (Armenia); Georgia; Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: The species is common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A strictly subterranean species that dwells in open, dry steppe habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species at present, although large-scale agriculture is a concern.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in protected areas.

Citation: Bukhnikashvili, A., Kryštufek, B., Sozen, M., Yigit, N. & Amori, G. 2008. Spalax nehringi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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