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Chlorotalpa sclateri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA AFROSORICIDA CHRYSOCHLORIDAE

Scientific Name: Chlorotalpa sclateri
Species Authority: (Broom, 1907)
Common Name(s):
English Sclater's Golden Mole
Taxonomic Notes: Included in Amblysomus by Petter (1981). There are four recognized subspecies: C. s. sclateri, C. s. guillarmodi, C. s. montana, and C. s. shortridgei (Bronner 1995)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bronner, G.
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
A relatively widespread species that coexists and often thrives in close proximity to humans, provided that habitat disturbance is not too great; much of its range coincides with mountains where human influence on habitats is not substantial, so populations are probably not in decline. The species is thus assessed as Least Concern.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Indeterminate (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in South African and Lesotho. Restricted to montane habitats from Beaufort West and Sutherland in Western Cape northeastwards to the Drakenberg mountains of Eastern Cape, western KwaZulu-Natal and southern Mpumalanga, and the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho and western Free State. Distributional limits of the four subspecies are unclear owing to poor geographic sampling, but their known ranges are separated by seemingly inhospitable habitat suggesting that they may be geographically isolated (Bronner 1995).
Countries:
Native:
Lesotho; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Restricted to high-altitude grasslands, scrub and forested kloofs in the Nama-Karoo and Grassland biomes of South Africa. C. s. shortridgei occurs in Escarpment Mountain Renosterveld. C. s. sclateri and C. s. guillarmodi in South-eastern Mountain Grassland with marginal intrusion into Wet Cold Highveld Grassland. C. s. montana is known from only North-eastern Mountain Grassland where it favours forested kloofs rather than valley grasslands where A. septentrionalis is the commoner species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No known major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Recorded from the Garden Castle Nature Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal), Karoo National Park (Western Cape) and Golden Gate National Park (Free State). Probably occurs also in other natures reserves along the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.

Citation: Bronner, G. 2008. Chlorotalpa sclateri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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