Hottentot golden mole

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Hottentot golden mole[1]
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Scientific classification
A. hottentotus
Binomial name
Amblysomus hottentotus
(A. Smith, 1829)

Amblysomus hottentotus hottentotus
Amblysomus hottentotus iris
Amblysomus hottentotus longiceps
Amblysomus hottentotus meesteri
Amblysomus hottentotus pondoliae

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Hottentot golden mole range

The Hottentot golden mole (Amblysomus hottentotus) is a species of mammal in the golden mole family, Chrysochloridae. It is found in South Africa, Swaziland, and possibly Lesotho. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, sandy shores, arable land, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, and introduced vegetation.[2]

It has several subspecies, including the Zulu golden mole (Amblysomus hottentotus iris) and Knysna golden mole (Amblysomus iris corriae).

In 2013 it was discovered that Hottentot golden moles prefer mates with larger penises.[3]


  1. ^ Bronner, G.N.; Jenkins, P.D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Bronner, G. (2008). "Amblysomus hottentotus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ Tarryn A. Retief; Nigel. C. Bennett; Anouska A. Kinahan; Philip W. Bateman (26 January 2013). "Sexual selection and genital allometry in the Hottentot golden mole (Amblysomus hottentotus)". Mammalian Biology. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2012.12.002.

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