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SPECIES Chrysochloris (Chrysochloris) asiatica

Author:Linnaeus, 1758.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1: 53.
Common Name:Cape Golden Mole
Type Locality:"In Sibiria"; usually taken as Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. See Ellerman et al. (1953).
Distribution:Western Cape Prov. and Robben Isl northwards along coastal plain to Orange River (South Africa).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Chrysochloris. Geographic variation in size and colour appears to be clinal, hence no subspecies are recognized (see Meester et al., 1986), but further study may reveal some valid taxa. The only known specimen of damarensis may have been incorrectly labelled as no Chrysochloris have subsequently been collected in Damaraland, Namibia (Meester 1974).



    auratus (Vosmaer, 1787)
    aurea (Pallas, 1778)
    bayoni De Beaux, 1921
    capensis Lacépède, 1799
    calviniae Shortridge, 1942
    concolor Shortridge and Carter, 1938
    damarensis Ogilby, 1838
    dixoni Broom, 1946
    elegans Broom, 1946
    inaurata (Pallas, 1777)
    minor Roberts, 1919
    namaquensis Broom, 1907
    rubra Lacépède, 1799
    shortridgei Broom, 1946
    taylori Broom, 1950
    tenuis Broom, 1907
    visserae Broom, 1950

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