Small-toothed mole

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Small-toothed mole
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Talpidae
Genus: Euroscaptor
Species: E. parvidens
Binomial name
Euroscaptor parvidens
Miller, 1940
Small-toothed Mole range

The Small-toothed mole (Euroscaptor parvidens) is a species of mammal in the Talpidae family. It is found in Di Linh, in southerh Vietnam, and Rakho near the border of Vietnam and China, and in southern Yunnan, China, near the Vietnamese border. It is likely that it has a broader distribution, especially in places between the currently known locations.[1]

The small-tooth moles live underground in tunnels. These tunnels are interconnected and complex. The tunnels provide shelter as well a way to get food. Small-tooth moles eat mostly earthworms and insect larvae. The tunnels create a trap for these two kinds of food for the small-tooth mole. The small-tooth mole is very similar to other moles. Mostly, moles do not like in deteriorating habitats like the small-tooth mole, which sets it apart from other moles. The population estimate of the small-tooth mole is unknown. It was classified in 1996 as critically endangered on the list of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but is now considered "Data Deficient". The small-tooth mole is becoming endangered because of its required habitat. The habitat that the animal lives in is deteriorating quickly and growing smaller. The area that small-tooth moles occupy is already limited, without deteriorating land conditions. At this time, there are no measure of conservation in place. In 1990 there was a plan recommended to have field surveyors determine the status of the species of the small-tooth mole, named the IUCN/SSC Eurasian Insectivores and Tree Shrews Action Plan. The studies were inconclusive.

Source[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chiozza, F. (2008). "Euroscaptor parvidens". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  • EDGE:: Mammal Species Information. [1] The Zoological Society of London.