Senkaku Mole

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The Senkaku Mole (Mogera uchidai), also known as the Ryukyu Mole, is a species of mammal in the Talpidae family. It was formerly classified as being monotypic within the genus Nesoscaptor. It is endemic to the Uotsuri-jima (; hiragana: うおつりじま) of the disputed territory of Senkaku Islands, also known as the Diaoyu Islands () in Chinese. Owing to the territorial dispute between Japan and China, the mole is known as the Diaoyutai Mole () in Chinese.

Ecological threats

Its existence is threatened by habitat loss, due to the introduction of domestic goats in 1978; the goats now number more than 300 on this tiny island."Ecological Society of Japan", 日本生態学会(the Ecological Society of Japan、ESJ), Kyoto,2010.



  • Insectivore Specialist Group 1996. . Downloaded on 30 July 2007.
  • 伊澤雅子 「センカクモグラ」 『改訂・沖縄県の絶滅のおそれのある野生生物(動物編)-レッドデータおきなわ-』、沖縄県文化環境部自然保護課編 、2005年、19-20頁。

External links

  • - 環境省生物多様性センター.

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