Arends's golden mole

Arends's golden mole[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Family: Chrysochloridae
Genus: Carpitalpa
Lundholm, 1955
Species: C. arendsi
Binomial name
Carpitalpa arendsi
(Lundholm, 1955)
Arends's golden mole range

Chlorotalpa arendsi Lundholm, 1955

Arends's[1][3] golden mole (Carpitalpa arendsi) is a species of mammal in the family Chrysochloridae. It is found in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, arable land, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, and introduced vegetation. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]

It is the only species in the genus Carpitalpa. It was elevated from the genus Chlorotalpa.[3]

It was first described by Lundholm, who named it for Nicolas Arends, taxidermist at the Kaffrarian Museum (now the Amathole Museum, in King William's Town, South Africa) who captured the specimen.[4]


  1. 1 2 Bronner, G. N.; Bennett, N. C. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Skinner, J. D.; Chimimba, C. T. The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region. Cambridge University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0521844185.
  2. 1 2 Bronner, G. (2008). "Carpitalpa arendsi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  3. 1 2 Bronner, Gary N. (2013). "Arends's golden mole". Mammals of Africa. I. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4081-2251-8.
  4. Lundholm, B.G. (1955). "Descriptions of new mammals". Annals of the Transvaal Museum. 22 (3): 279–303.

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