Silvery mole rat

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Silvery mole rat
Temporal range: Recent
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Bathyergidae
Subfamily: Bathyerginae
Genus: Heliophobius
Peters, 1846
Species: H. argenteocinereus
Binomial name
Heliophobius argenteocinereus
Peters, 1846

The silvery mole rat, silvery blesmol, or silky mole rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus) is a species of mole rat that occurs in sandy soil of savannas and woodlands of southern Kenya, throughout Tanzania, and parts of southeastern Zaire to central Mozambique and Malawi. This species is solitary dwelling and aggressive.[2] Little else is known about its ecology or behavior. It is the only species of the genus Heliophobius.


  1. ^ Maree, S. & Faulkes, C. (2008). Heliophobius argenteocinereus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  2. ^ Bennett, Nigel C.; Chris G. Faulkes. (2000) African Mole-Rats: Ecology and Eusociality. Cambridge University Press. pp. 12. ISBN 0-521-77199-4
  • Bennett, N. C., C. G. Faulkes. 2000. African mole-rats: ecology and eusociality. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. pp. 12