Giant golden mole

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Giant golden mole[1]
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Family: Chrysochloridae
Genus: Chrysospalax
Species: C. trevelyani
Binomial name
Chrysospalax trevelyani
(Günther, 1875)
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Giant golden mole range
Synonyms

Bematiscus trevelyani

The giant golden mole (Chrysospalax trevelyani) is an endangered species of golden mole whose natural habit is the forests of Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.

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The species was first collected by Herbert Trevelyan hunting near Pirie Forest near King William's town in British Caffraria. This 10 inch long mole is dark chocolate brown above with whitish underfur. The claws and margin of the lips are whitish. It is blind and has no external ear lobes and lacks a tail.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronner, G. N.; Jenkins, P. D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Bronner, G. (2008). Chrysospalax trevelyani. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  3. ^ Günther, A (1875). "Description of a new species of Chrysochloris from Africa". Proc. Zool. Soc. London: 311–312.