|Scientific Name:||Tachyoryctes macrocephalus|
|Species Authority:||(Rüppell, 1842)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Corti, M. & Lavrenchenko, L.|
|Reviewer(s):||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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|Range Description:||This species is restricted to the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia. It has been recorded from 3,000 to 4,150 m asl.|
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|Population:||It is quite common within its restricted range.|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||It is an inhabitant of alpine grassland habitats.|
|Major Threat(s):||This species is threatened by overgrazing of its habitat by domestic livestock, both within and outside of the Bale Mountains National Park.|
|Conservation Actions:||The majority of the species' range is within the Bale Mountains National Park. There is a general need to maintain suitable grassland habitat for this species.|
Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: D.E. Wilson and D.A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., Tattersall, F.H., and Macdonald, D.W. 1995. Habitat selection and daily activity of giant molerats (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus): significance to the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) in the Afroalpine ecosystem. Biological Conservation 72: 77-84.
Yalden, D. W. 1985. Tachyoryctes macrocephalus. Mammalian Species 237: 1-3.
Yalden, D.W. and Largen, M.J. 1992. The endemic mammals of Ethiopia. Mammal Review 22: 115-150.
Yalden, D.W., Largen, M.J. and Kock, D. 1976. Catalogue of the mammals of Ethiopia. 2. Insectivora and Rodentia. Monitore zoologico italiano/Italian Journal of Zoology, N.S. Supplemento 8(1): 1-118.
Yalden, D.W., Largen, M.J., Kock, D. and Hillman, J.C. 1996. Catalogue of the Mammals of Ethiopia and Eritrea. 7. Revised checklist, zoogeography and conservation. Tropical Zoology 9(1): 73-164.
|Citation:||Corti, M. & Lavrenchenko, L. 2008. Tachyoryctes macrocephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21293A9265216.Downloaded on 05 December 2016.|
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