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SPECIES Mogera wogura

Author:Temminck, 1842.
Citation:In Siebold, Fauna Japonica, 1(Mamm.)(1): 19.
Common Name:Japanese Mole
Type Locality:Japan; restricted to Yokohama, Honshu by Thomas (1905b), but believed to have come from W or S Kyushu by Abe (1995).
Distribution:Japan (Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Senkaku, Tane, Amakusa, Tsushima and other Isls), Korea to NE China and adjacent Siberia (Abe, 1995, 1996).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as M. wogura, M. kobeau, and M. robusta.
Comments:For a taxonomic discussion see Corbet (1978c), who treated robusta as a different species. European authors often included kobeae and tokudae; however, Japanese authors (Imaizumi 1970b; Yoshiyuki 1988b) treated them as separate species. Formerly included in Talpa; but see Imaizumi (1970b), Gureev (1979), and Gromov and Baranova (1981). The present arrangement follows Abe (1995). However, moles from Japan have a different karyotype (2n = 36, FN = 52) than moles from the Korean mainland (2n = 36, FN = 58) (Kawada et al., 2001). Mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences studied by Tsuchiya et al. (2000) revealed three clades in Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and two distinct clades on the mainland of Korea and E Russia.





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