Talpa altaica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Talpa altaica Nikolsky, 1883
Common Name(s):
English Siberian Mole
Talpa europaea Dybowski, 1922 ssp. irkutensis
Talpa europaea Belousov, 1923 ssp. saianensis

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-09-19
Assessor(s): Stubbe, M., Samiya, R., Ariunbold, J., Buuveibaatar, V., Dorjderem, S., Monkhzul, T., Otgonbaatar, M., Tsogbadrakh, M. & Gankhuyag
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
A widespread and common species that is not believed to be declining, hence listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Distributed in western and central Siberia, to Irtysh River basin in west and Transbaikalia in east. In north up to forest-tundra, in south occurs in forests of Altai and N Mongolia, where recorded from two localities in Hövsgöl Mountain Range, and also occurs in northern parts of Great Lakes Depression. The southern boundary of its Mongolian range is along the mid-course of the Tes River in Hangai Mountain Range (Bannikov 1954).
Countries occurrence:
Kazakhstan; Mongolia; Russian Federation
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Population [top]

Population:No population information is available, but it is known to have a restricted range in Mongolia. In Russia it is abundant, and is locally utilized for its fur.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabit different forests, excluding boggy ones. Prefers leafy forests with mixed grasses and mildly moist soils. In permafrost regions occurs in river valleys and forest clearings. This species feeds mostly on earthworms, rarely on insects, caterpillars and millipedes. Mating occurs in summer, but reproduction is delayed till next spring. Gestation is with embryonic diapause, and often lasts for up to 9 months. Females give birth in end of April - end of May, with 3 - 6 per litter. Females start mating during their first year, males on the second. Longevity is about 5 years (Sokolov and Orlov 1980).
Generation Length (years):2-3

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is hunted for human use (e.g. accessories).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats throughout its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in many protected areas (approximately 16% of the species’ range in Mongolia). Listed as Rare in the 1997 Mongolian Red Book (MNE, 1997). Further research is recommended.

Citation: Stubbe, M., Samiya, R., Ariunbold, J., Buuveibaatar, V., Dorjderem, S., Monkhzul, T., Otgonbaatar, M., Tsogbadrakh, M. & Gankhuyag. 2017. Talpa altaica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T41478A22321277. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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