Senkaku mole

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Senkaku Mole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Talpidae
Genus: Mogera
Species: M. uchidai
Binomial name
Mogera uchidai
Abe, Shiraishi & Arai, 1991
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Senkaku Mole range

The Senkaku mole (Mogera uchidai), also known as the Ryukyu mole, is a species of mammal in the Talpidae family. It was formerly classified as being monotypic within the genus Nesoscaptor. It is endemic to the Uotsuri-jima (Japanese: 魚釣島; hiragana: うおつりじま) of the disputed territory of Senkaku Islands, also known as the Diaoyutai Islands (Chinese: 釣魚台列嶼). Owing to the territorial dispute between Japan and China, the mole is now, since 2010, known in China as the Diaoyutai mole (Chinese: 釣魚台鼴; pinyin: diàoyútái yǎn) in Chinese.[1]

Ecological threats[edit]

Its existence is threatened by habitat loss, due to the introduction of domestic goats in 1978; the goats now number more than 300 on this tiny island.[1][2] Its conservation status was upgraded to CR in 2010 by the Biodiversity Center of Japan.[3]


  1. ^ a b EDGE,"Diaoyutai mole (Nesoscaptor uchidai)"[1], Mammal Species Information,2010.
  2. ^ "Ecological Society of Japan"[2], 日本生態学会(the Ecological Society of Japan、ESJ), Kyoto,2010. (Japanese)(English)
  3. ^ センカクモグラ(絶滅危惧種情報検索),"RDB種情報(動物)種の詳細情報"[3] - 環境省日本生物多様性中心 (Japanese)


  • Insectivore Specialist Group 1996. Mogera uchidai. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.
  • 伊澤雅子 「センカクモグラ」 『改訂・沖縄県の絶滅のおそれのある野生生物(動物編)-レッドデータおきなわ-』、沖縄県文化環境部自然保護課編 、2005年、19-20頁。 (Japanese)

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