Parascalops breweri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Parascalops breweri (Bachman, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Hairy-tailed Mole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-09
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hammerson, G.A.
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread, there are no major threats, and its population is not believed to be in decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges primarily in the northeastern United States and southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Its range extends south to the Great Smoky Mountains region.
Countries occurrence:
Canada; United States
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common and widespread species. Its home range is about 0.2 acres, and expands in summer. Densities vary from 1.2 to 11 per acre (Eadie 1939).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits deciduous woodlands with thick humus. It is adapted to second growth stands, old fields, hedgerows, and prefers well-drained, light, moist soil with well-mixed organic matter and minerals. It avoids soils that are hard, dry, or with a large clay content. Two tunnel systems are constructed. A deeper system (10-18" deep) gives resting, breeding space, and winter shelter. Males leave tunnel systems in search of females in breeding season. Breeding is from March-April, and gestation lasts for four weeks. Litter size is four to five. Young are born in April-May, and there is usually one litter annually. Sexual maturity is attained 11 months after birth. This species eats primarily soil invertebrates; earthworms, insect larvae, and pupae comprise approximately two-thirds of diet.
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas throughout its range.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Parascalops breweri (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41469A115188181. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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