Scapanus latimanus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Scapanus latimanus
Species Authority: (Bachman, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Broad-footed Mole
Scapanus anthonyi Allen, 1893
Taxonomic Notes: Scapanus anthonyi is sometimes considered a separate species, but is here included within Scapanus latimanus following Hutterer (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Matson, J., Woodman, N., Castro-Arellano, I. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from south-central Oregon, in the United States to northern Baja California, in Mexico (Nowak, 1999). It can be found from lowlands up to 3,000 m asl (Wilson and Ruff, 1999).
Mexico (Baja California); United States (California, Nevada, Oregon)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common throughout much of its range, except it is rare in the San Pedro Martir Mountains of Baja California, Mexico (Wilson and Ruff, 1999).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It prefers moist, fairly rich soils with little vegetation (Wilson and Ruff, 1999; and Carraway 2001).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes considered a garden pest in suburban areas but this is not a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas. In Mexico it is listed as threatened under Mexican Legislation considering it has a very restricted range in that country.

Citation: Matson, J., Woodman, N., Castro-Arellano, I. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Scapanus latimanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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