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SPECIES Tachyoryctes macrocephalus

Author:Rüppell, 1842.
Citation:Mus. Senckenberg., 3: 97.
Common Name:Ethiopian African Mole Rat
Type Locality:Ethiopia, Shoa.
Distribution:Ethiopia; endemic to high southern plateau, 3000-4150 m (Rupp, 1980; Yalden and Largen, 1992; Yalden et al., 1996).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Inhabitant of Afro-alpine moorland and grassland, which the species shares with the other Ethiopian endemics Stenocephalemys albocaudata, Lophuromys melanonyx, and Arvicanthis blicki (Yalden, 1988). The congenor T. splendens ranges from below 1000 m to about 3000 m, where it apparently overlaps the lower altitudinal distribution of T. macrocephalus (Rupp, 1980; Yalden et al., 1976). Yalden (1975) provided ecological observations for T. macrocephalus and morphologically contrasted it with T. splendens. Habitat selection and daily activity patterns in relation to the endangered Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) recorded by Sillero-Zubiri et al. (1995b). See Yalden (1985, Mammalian Species, 237).
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