Tachyoryctes macrocephalus 

Scope: Global

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Spalacidae

Scientific Name: Tachyoryctes macrocephalus
Species Authority: (Rüppell, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Giant Mole Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Corti, M. & Lavrenchenko, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia. It has been recorded from 3,000 to 4,150 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):3000
Upper elevation limit (metres):4150
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Population [top]

Population:It is quite common within its restricted range.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is an inhabitant of alpine grassland habitats.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by overgrazing of its habitat by domestic livestock, both within and outside of the Bale Mountains National Park.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The majority of the species' range is within the Bale Mountains National Park. There is a general need to maintain suitable grassland habitat for this species.

Citation: Corti, M. & Lavrenchenko, L. 2008. Tachyoryctes macrocephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21293A9265216. . Downloaded on 05 December 2016.
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