Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Mogera imaizumii
Species Authority: (Kuroda, 1957)
Common Name(s):
English Small Japanese Mole
Mogera minor (Kuroda, 1936)
Mogera minor Kuroda, 1936
Taxonomic Notes: Populations of this species from east Honshu and west Honshu plus Shikoku exhibit considerable genetic differences (Tsuchiya et al. 2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Abe, H. & Kawada, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as the species is common, there are no major threats, and it is not thought to be in decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Japan, where it is found on Honshu and Shikoku. The main distribution in Honshu ranges from the central part (Shizuoka, Nagano and Ishikawa Prefectures) northwards, excluding central parts of Echigo Plain and including Awashima Island in Niigata Prefecture. Small isolated populations have been found in Kii Peninsula, Kyoto and Hiroshima Prefectures in Honshu and on Shikoku and Shodo Island (Abe et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Japan (Honshu)
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common and dominant species in the northern half of Honshu.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits grasslands and cultivated fields on lowlands to forests on mountains, and is common in low alluvial plains with soft deep soils.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known to be present in protected areas.

Citation: Abe, H. & Kawada, S. 2008. Mogera imaizumii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41465A10476951. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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