Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Bathyergidae

Scientific Name: Fukomys darlingi
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1895)
Common Name(s):
English Mashona Mole-rat
Cryptomys darlingi (Thomas, 1895)
Taxonomic Notes: Considered a distinct species from C. hottentous (Aguilar 1993, Faulkes et al. 1997)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Maree, S., Faulkes, C. & Cotterill, F.P.D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as the species is fairly common, with no known immediate threats, it is present in a number of protected areas, and has a reasonably wide distribution range that may be more extensive than is currently known.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Zimbabwean pleateau and Miombo woodland regions of central Zimbabwe (the type locality is the headwaters of the Mazoe River about 40 km northeast of Harare) and central Mozambique. The exact limits of the species dsitribution are not known and it is possible that the species occurs in northern Mozambique, although this requires confirmation (there are questions regarding synonymy). It is considered to be unlikely that the species occurs in Malwai. The species is found from close to sea level to above 1,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Mozambique; Zimbabwe
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
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Population [top]

Population: It is a fairly common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This subterranean species is generally associated with sandstone and granitic soils in areas of relatively high rainfall (>700 mm), within scrub and dry miombo woodland habitats. It is a social species that lives in colonies of nine to 10 individuals with a single breeding pair. The species has a litter size of between one and three young.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are currently no major threats to the species. The species is considered to be an agricultural pest, and much of its range is heavily cultivated. Unlike some other members of the genus, this species is not collected for food,

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from a number of protected areas, including Umfurudzi Safari Area, Zimbabwe.

Citation: Maree, S., Faulkes, C. & Cotterill, F.P.D. 2008. Fukomys darlingi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T44860A10956471. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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