Oryzorictes hova


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Oryzorictes hova
Species Authority: A. Grandidier, 1870
Common Name(s):
English Mole-like Rice Tenrec, Hova Rice Tenrec, Hova Mole Tenrec, Fossorial Tenrec
Oryzorictes talpoides G. Grandidier & Petit, 1930

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Raherisehena, M. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, presence in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is relatively widespread in the eastern rainforest belt and central highlands of Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of between 140 and 1,990 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: Based on standard trapping techniques it appears to be an uncommon species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is widely distributed in the humid forest zone of the island and outside the forests in bottomlands, including natural marshes and those converted to rice paddies. Also recorded in disturbed habitats such as the edge of gardens and in fields. It is a semi-fossorial species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Drainage of suitable wetland habitat (for example, through conversion to urban areas) is the main threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from many protected areas including the Marojejy National Park; Andringitra National Park; Analamazaotra Special Reserve; Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve; Andohahela National Park; Manongarivo Special Reserve; Ambohitantely Special Reserve; Mangerivola Special Reserve and Pic d’Ivohibe Special Reserve. There are no specific conservation measures for this species currently needed.

Citation: Raherisehena, M. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Oryzorictes hova. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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