Chrysochloris stuhlmanni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chrysochloris stuhlmanni
Species Authority: Matschie, 1894
Common Name(s):
English Stuhlmann's Golden Mole
Taxonomic Notes: Lundholm (1955) created the subgenus Kilimatalpa within Chlorotalpa for this species, whereas Simonetta (1968) placed it in the genus Carpitalpa , but assigned one subspecies (tropicalis) to the genus Chlorotalpa. Meester (1974) included stuhlmanni in Chrysochloris, an arrangement followed by Bronner (1995) who assigned it to the subgenus Kilimatalpa. There are four recognized subspecies, at least one of which, balsaci from Cameroon, may be a distinct species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bronner, G.
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, its occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from scattered localities in central and eastern Africa, with a relict population in Cameroon. C. s. stuhlmanni known from Ruwenzori Mountains along border of Uganda and DR Congo, southwards to Rutshuru and Rukiga district of Rwanda. C. s. fosteri recorded from Mt. Elgon, Uganda and Cherangani Hills, Kenya. C. s. tropicalis ocurs in the Uluguru mountains and Rungwe district, Tanzania. C. s. balsaci, described by Lamotte and Petter (1981), reported from only Mt. Oku, Cameroon.
Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common but no quantitative data. Given its wide range, the global population is presumed to be large.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Well-drained soils at high-altitudes, from 1,700-3,500 m. Widespread in montane grasslands, bamboo thickets and ericaceous vegetation, as well as Podocarpus and Hagenia/Hypericum woodlands. Prefer light soils with sparse vegetation cover. Less common in heavily grazed grasslands above 3,000 m; avoids exotic plantations (Duncan and Wrangham 1971).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No data, except that they tend to avoid overgrazed areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in a number of protected areas across its range.

Citation: Bronner, G. 2008. Chrysochloris stuhlmanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 May 2015.
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