Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Talpa stankovici
Species Authority: V. Martino & E. Martino, 1931
Common Name(s):
English Balkan Mole, BALKAN MOLE, Stankovic's Mole
French Taupe Des Balkans, TAUPE DES BALKANS
Spanish Topo Balcánico, TOPO BALCÁNICO

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Vohralík, V. & Kryštufek, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Although this species is relatively localized and quite poorly known, no major threats are known, and it is listed as Least Concern. The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers). The population trend is not known, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations).
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Balkan mole is endemic to the Balkans, where it is found in southern Montenegro, western Macedonia, north-eastern Greece, and the island of Corfu. It is likely to occur in Albania. Its vertical range is from sea level to 2,300 m (Kryštufek 1999).
Countries occurrence:
Greece; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Montenegro; Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia)
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2300
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Population [top]

Population: Its population status is not known, but it may be locally abundant (Kryštufek 1999).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in a variety of open habitats including sandy beaches, pastures and arable land (Kryštufek 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It receives no protection under European legislation. It occurs in some protected areas in northern Greece (for example the Pelister mountains). No further actions are required at present.

Citation: Vohralík, V. & Kryštufek, B. 2008. Talpa stankovici. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41485A10465219. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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