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Scaptochirus moschatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA TALPIDAE

Scientific Name: Scaptochirus moschatus
Species Authority: Milne-Edwards, 1867
Common Name/s:
English Short-faced Mole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer/s: Lunde, D. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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 a widespread endemic of China, occurring in the provinces of Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Nei Mongol, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Beijing, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, and Jiangsu (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries:
Native:
China (Beijing, Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi)
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies sandy grasslands and meadows, loess regions, and even the borders of deserts, such as the Ordos (Smith and Xie 2008).

As an adaptation to its habitat, its diet is predominantly larvae of beetles and other arthropods, which differs from other moles (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Jiyuanmihou, Laotudingzi, Luoshan, Liupanshan, Pangquangou, Taibaishan, Saihanwula, and Huanghesanjiaozhou Nature Reserves (CSIS 2008) and may be present in additional protected areas. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Near Threatened nearly meeting the criteria for listing as Vulnerable A1c (Wang and Xie 2004).
Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Scaptochirus moschatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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