Parascaptor leucura


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Parascaptor leucura
Species Authority: (Blyth, 1850)
Common Name(s):
English White-tailed Mole, Indian Mole, Assamese Mole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is present in northeastern South Asia, southern China and northwestern Southeast Asia. In South Asia, it has been recorded from Bangladesh and northeastern India at an altitudinal range of 100 to 2,500 m asl (Molur et al. 2005). In China, it is present in Yunnan and Sichuan to 3,000 m asl (Smith and Xie 2008). In Southeast Asia, it is limited to northern and western parts of Myanmar (Francis 2008).
Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on the population abundance of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a subterrenean species that inhabits the tropical forest and subtropical montane forest and scrub-grassland, where it lives in leaf litter (Moulr et al. 2005; Smith and Xie 2008)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this widespread species as a whole. In South Asia, the species is threatened by habitat loss due to clear cutting of forest, woodland clearing, human settlements, expansion of agricultural lands and the increased use of agrochemicals and pesticides (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from the following protected areas within Bangladesh, Hagherkhil Wildlife sanctuary and Lawachara National Park. In India, it has been reported from Nongkhyllen Wildlife Sanctuary and Balphakram National Park (Meghalaya), Murlen National Park (Mizoram) Rowa Wildlife sanctuary (Tripura) (Molur et al. 2005). Surveys and population studies are recommended for this species in the South Asia region.

Citation: Molur, S. 2008. Parascaptor leucura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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