Senkaku mole

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Senkaku Mole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
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 family Talpidae. 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).

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.[2][3] Its conservation status was upgraded to CR in 2010 by the Biodiversity Center of Japan, although the IUCN still considers considers that current lack of population data prevents an accurate assessment.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Yasushi Yokohata (2008). "Mogera uchidai". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ EDGE,"Diaoyutai mole (Nesoscaptor uchidai)"[1], Mammal Species Information,2010.
  3. ^ "Ecological Society of Japan"[2], 日本生態学会(the Ecological Society of Japan、ESJ), Kyoto,2010. (Japanese)(English)
  4. ^ 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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