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Golden moles
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Family: Chrysochloridae
Gray, 1825
Genera

 Eremitalpa
 Chrysospalax
 Chrysochloris
 Cryptochloris
 Carpitalpa
 Chlorotalpa
 Calcochloris
 Amblysomus
 Neamblysomus
For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... Animalia redirects here. ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... I smoke weed im growing a blue penis dude#REDIRECT penises are cool ... Families  Chrysochloridae  Tenrecidae The order Afrosoricida (also known as Tenrecomorpha) contains two families of small mammals that are possibly a part of the traditional order Insectivora. ... John Edward Gray. ...

Golden moles are small, insectivorous burrowing mammals native to southern Africa. They belong to the family Chrysochloridae, and so are taxonomically distinct from the true moles. The golden moles bear a remarkable resemblance to the marsupial moles of Australia, so much so that, the marsupial/placental divide notwithstanding, they were once thought to be related. I smoke weed im growing a blue penis dude#REDIRECT penises are cool ... A world map showing the continent of Africa. ... Look up taxonomy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Genera 17 genera, see text Moles are members of the family (Talpidae) of mammals in the order Soricomorpha that live underground, burrowing holes. ... Species The marsupial moles are rare and poorly understood burrowing mammals of the deserts of western Australia. ... Orders Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... Orders Afrosoricida Macroscelidea Tubulidentata Hyracoidea Proboscidea Sirenia Xenarthra Dermoptera: Scandentia Primates Rodentia Lagomorpha Insectivora Chiroptera Pholidota Carnivora Perissodactyla Artiodactyla Cetacea Placentalia and Eutheria are terms used to describe major groupings within the animal class of Mammalia. ...


Golden moles live almost exclusively underground. Like several other burrowing mammals with similar habits, have short legs with powerful digging claws, very dense fur that repels dirt and moisture, and toughened skin, particularly on the head. They retain eyes but they are non-functional and covered with skin and fur, the ears are just tiny openings, and, like the marsupial moles, they have an enlarged leather-like pad to protect their nostrils.


They range in size from about 8 to about 20 cm. They have muscular shoulders and an enlarged third claw to aid digging on the forelimbs, with no fifth digit and vestigal first and fourth; the hind feet retain all five toes and are webbed to allow efficient backward shoveling of the soil loosened with the front claws.It feeds off small insects , which it triangulises by using its tiny ears to listen to the sound of the long grass in the wind (its ears are natural geophones).


Because these mammals were previously thought to have originated in Gondwana, golden moles used to be regarded as rather 'primitive' creatures: their low resting metabolic rate and their ability to switch off thermoregulation when inactive, however, are no longer regarded as indications that golden moles are undeveloped 'reptilian mammals', but rather as essential adaptations to a harsh climate. By going into a torpor when resting or during cold weather, they conserve energy and reduce their need for food. Similarly, they have developed particularly efficient kidneys and most species do not need to drink water at all. Pangaea was formed by the merging of two continents, Laurasia and Gondwana East African and Kuungan Orogens 550 Ma reconstruction showing final stages of assembly The southern supercontinent Gondwana (originally Gondwanaland) included most of the landmasses which make up todays continents of the southern hemisphere, including Antarctica, South America...


Of the 21 species of golden mole, no less than 11 are threatened with extinction. The primary causes are sand mining, poor agricultural practices, increasing urbanisation, and predation by domestic cats and dogs. Sand mining is a practice that is becoming an ecological problem as the demand for sand increases in industry and construction. ...


As with many groups, the classification of the golden moles is undergoing an upheaval at present in the light of the flood of new genetic information becoming available. They have traditionally been listed with the shrews, hedgehogs and a grab-bag of small, difficult-to-place creatures as part of the order Insectivora. Some authorities retain this classification, at least for the time being. Others group the golden moles with the tenrecs in a new order which is sometimes known as Tenrecomorpha, while others call it Afrosoricida and reserve Tenrecomorpha for the Tenrecidae family. Genera Anourosorex Blarina Blarinella Chimarrogale Chodsigoa Congosorex Crocidura Cryptotis Diplomosodon Episoriculus Feroculus Megasorex Myosorex Nectogale Neomys Nesiotites Notiosorex Paracrocidura Ruwenzorisorex Scutisorex Solisorex Sorex Soriculus Suncus Surdisorex Sylvisorex Shrews are small, superficially mouse-like mammals of the family Soricidae. ... Genera Atelerix Erinaceus Hemiechinus Mesechinus Paraechinus A hedgehog is any of the small spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae and the order Erinaceomorpha. ... Families Erinaceidae Soricidae Talpidae Solenodontidae The biological order Insectivora in the past was used as a scrapbasket for a variety of small to very small, relatively unspecialized, insectivorous mammals. ... Subfamilies  Oryzorictinae  Potamogalinae  Tenrecinae Tenrecidae (common name tenrecs) is a family of mammals found on Madagascar and parts of western Africa. ... Families  Chrysochloridae  Tenrecidae The order Afrosoricida (also known as Tenrecomorpha) contains two families of small mammals formerly regarded as part of the order Insectivora. ... Families  Chrysochloridae  Tenrecidae The order Afrosoricida (also known as Tenrecomorpha) contains two families of small mammals that are possibly a part of the traditional order Insectivora. ...

  • ORDER AFROSORICIDA
    • Suborder Tenrecomorpha
      • Family Tenrecidae: tenrecs, 30 species in 10 genera
    • Suborder Chrysochloridea
      • Family Chrysochloridae
        • Subfamily Chrysochlorinae
          • Genus Carpitalpa
            • Arend's Golden Mole (Carpitalpa arendsi)
          • Genus Chlorotalpa
            • Duthie's Golden Mole (Chlorotalpa duthieae)
            • Sclater's Golden Mole (Chlorotalpa sclateri)
          • Genus Chrysochloris
            • Subgenus Chrysochloris
            • Subgenus Kilimatalpa
              • Stuhlmann's Golden Mole (Chrysochloris stuhlmanni)
          • Genus Chrysospalax
            • Giant Golden Mole (Chrysospalax trevelyani)
            • Rough-haired Golden Mole (Chrysospalax villosus)
          • Genus Cryptochloris
          • Genus Eremitalpa
            • Grant's Golden Mole (Eremitalpa granti)
        • Subfamily Amblysominae
          • Genus Amblysomus
            • Fynbos Golden Mole (Amblysomus corriae)
            • Hottentot Golden Mole (Amblysomus hottentotus)
            • Marley's Golden Mole (Amblysomus marleyi)
            • Robust Golden Mole (Amblysomus robustus)
            • Highveld Golden Mole (Amblysomus septentrionalis)
          • Genus Calcochloris
            • Subgenus Huetia
              • Congo Golden Mole (Calcochloris leucorhinus)
            • Subgenus Calcochloris
              • Yellow Golden Mole (Calcochloris obtusirostris)
            • Subgenus incertae sedis
          • Genus Neamblysomus

Families  Chrysochloridae  Tenrecidae The order Afrosoricida (also known as Tenrecomorpha) contains two families of small mammals that are possibly a part of the traditional order Insectivora. ... Families  Chrysochloridae  Tenrecidae The order Afrosoricida (also known as Tenrecomorpha) contains two families of small mammals formerly regarded as part of the order Insectivora. ... Subfamilies  Geogalinae  Potamogalinae  Oryzorictinae  Tenrecinae Tenrecidae (common name tenrecs) is a family of mammals found on Madagascar and parts of western Africa. ... Binomial name Chrysochloris asiatica (Linnaeus, 1758) The Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica) is a small, insectivorous mammal of the family Chrysochloridae, the golden moles. ... Binomial name Chrysochloris visagiei (Broom, 1950) Visagies Golden Mole (Chrysochloris visagiei) is a mole endemic to South Africa. ... Binomial name Chrysochloris zyli (Shortridge & Carter, 1938) Van Zyls Golden Mole (Chrysochloris zyli) is a golden mole endemic to the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ... Incertae sedis—of uncertain position (seat)—is a term used to define a taxonomic group where its broader relationships are unknown or undefined. ... Binomial name Chlorotalpa tytonis (Simonetta, 1968) The Somali Golden Mole (Chlorotalpa tytonis) is a golden mole endemic to Somalia. ... Binomial name Amblysomus julianae (Meester, 1972) Juliana’s Golden Mole (Amblysomus julianae) is a golden mole endemic to South Africa. ...

References

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Animal Info - Visagie's Golden Mole (0 words)
The one location where Visagie’s golden mole has been found is situated on the alluvial sand floodplains of the Vis and Renoster rivers.
Golden moles in the genus Chrysochloris are thought to capture most of their food underground.
The young of golden moles are born in a grass-lined cavity in the ground.
* Golden mole - (Animals): Definition (130 words)
The Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica) is a small, insectivorous mammal of the family Chrysochloridae, the golden moles.
The golden moles, family Chrysochloridae in the order Insectivora, are an African group of 15 to 20 species resembling the true moles in size, form, and habits.
The golden moles of S Africa are members of the insectivorous family Chrysochloridae; they are burrowing animals with bright golden fur.
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