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SPECIES Mogera imaizumii

Author:Kuroda, 1957.
Citation:J. Mammal. Soc. Japan, 1: 74.
Common Name:Small Japanese Mole
Type Locality:Japan, Honshu, Tochigi Pref., Shiobara.
Distribution:Shikoku and N and SC Honshu, Japan.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as M. minor.
Comments:Included in Talpa [Euroscaptor] micrura by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1966); but retained as a separate species by Yoshiyuki (1986). Renamed Talpa wogura imaizumii by Kuroda (1957) for homonymy with Talpa europaea var. minor. In a revision of Japanese moles Abe (1995) reintroduced the name M. minor, but Motokawa and Abe (1996) subsequently corrected this view. Karyotype from Honshu has 2n = 36, FN = 54 (Kawada et al., 2001). Populations from E Honshu and W Honshu plus Shikoku exhibit considerable genetic differences (Tsuchiya et al., 2000).



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