Prometheomys schaposchnikowi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Prometheomys schaposchnikowi
Species Authority: Satunin, 1901
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Long-clawed Mole Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bukhnikashvili, A. & Kryštufek, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
The species is found in isolated montane areas and has a small range, some of which is under threat from grazing. However, many of the higher elevation areas are likely not under pressure from grazing. The population and ecology/biology need further research, but present evidence indicates that this species is declining due to habitat conversion in the southern range. Assessed as Near Threatened as it almost qualifies as threatened under criterion B. More research is needed.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, and extreme northeastern Turkey (eastern Black Sea Mountains; Krystufek and Vohralík 2001).
Countries occurrence:
Georgia; Russian Federation; Turkey
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1500
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
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Population [top]

Population:In Turkey, populations are localized and approx. 1/ha. Density estimates of 150-200/ha have been recorded in Abkhasia, Georgia. Populations fluctuates. This may be due to mortality events following repeated snow melt and freezing.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Alpine zone. The species occurs in sub-alpine, mesic, tall grass meadows, at an elevation range of 1500 - 2800 m. This species is fossorial, using claws for digging, therefore only occurs in loose soils. The species may be outcompeted by mole rats which in sympatry occur at lower elevations. Makes complex burrows. In peripheral parts of the passages makes "feeding tables". Feeds mostly on plants. Supplies for winter could be up to 3,5 kg. Lives in colonies that consist of separate families. Colony could cover from 200 to 500 sq. m. Reproduce from May to August. Usually 2 litters with 3 young in each. Does not have real hibernation.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The area is small and fragmented. There is some threat due to overgrazing, though the species is still found in degraded areas. The species is not under any major threat, however, we need more information on population size, trends, and distribution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is found in protected areas.

Citation: Bukhnikashvili, A. & Kryštufek, B. 2008. Prometheomys schaposchnikowi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18339A8105073. . Downloaded on 25 July 2017.
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