Talpa levantis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Talpa levantis Thomas, 1906
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Levantine Mole, Levant Mole
French Taupe Du Levant
Spanish Topo Oriental
Taxonomic Notes: Molecular evidence suggests that T. levantis contains two allopatric cryptic species of unresolved nomenclature (Bannikova et al. 2015).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-10
Assessor(s): Yigit, N. & Kryštufek, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
The species has a relatively large global range, within which it is widespread and facing no major threats. There is no evidence of population declines or range contractions, and no serious threats are known. Taxonomic research is needed. It is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Talpa levantis is found along the southern edge of the Black Sea, from southeastern Bulgaria through Turkey through the Caucasus region to the Caspian sea countries of Azerbaijan and Iran (Corbet 1978, Wilson and Reeder 2005). It is found from sea level to 2,400 m in the Caucasus.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Georgia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Russian Federation; Turkey
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2400
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Population [top]

Population:No information is available.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits various biotopes from the lowland to the mountains. In its European range it is found in meadows and deciduous forests. Only a few specimens have been collected in the European part of the range through trapping. The majority of records are based on analyses of raptor and owl pellets. In the eastern parts of its range (the Caucasus) it also occurs in alpine meadows (Kryštufek 2001).
Generation Length (years):2-3

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Turkey at least it occurs in well protected areas.

Citation: Yigit, N. & Kryštufek, B. 2016. Talpa levantis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41482A22321127. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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