Euroscaptor micrura 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Talpidae

Scientific Name: Euroscaptor micrura (Hodgson, 1841)
Common Name(s):
English Himalayan Mole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-08
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Laginha Pinto Correia, D.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widely distributed in the Himalayas in South Asia in Nepal, Bhutan and northeastern India (Molur et al. 2005) and has been recorded from western Yunnan in China (Smith and Xie 2008). A seemingly disjunct population of this species has additionally been identified from the Cameron Highlands of Peninsular Malaysia (Kawada et al. 2003). It has been recorded from 100 to around 2,750 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Bhutan; China; India; Malaysia; Nepal
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Upper elevation limit (metres):2750
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance and population size of this species are not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Himalayan Mole is a nocturnal animal that inhabits subtropical and tropical montane forests, where it lives in the leaf litter and rocky gravelly areas (Molur et al. 2005). In China, it has been reported to occupy forest habitats where it usually uses surface tunnels and does not construct large mounds or dig deeply into the ground (Smith and Xie 2008).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this widespread species as a whole. In northeastern India, the species is locally threatened by habitat loss due to expansion of agricultural lands and hunting for trade for local consumption (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (West Bengal), Murlen National Park (Mizoram) and Kaziranga National Park (Assam) in India (Molur et al. 2005). General taxonomic research, field surveys, and monitoring of populations are recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Molur, S. 2016. Euroscaptor micrura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41462A22320005. . Downloaded on 20 September 2018.
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