Chrysochloris visagei Broom, 1950:238

Visagie's golden mole



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chrysochloris asiatica visagiei Broom, 1950:238


Conservation Status


Last record: 1950 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


Visagie's golden mole is only known from a single specimen collected at Gouna, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. At least two expeditions to the type locality have failed to uncover the species (Bronner, 2015).



Gouna, Northern Cape, South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Only known from the holotype.

Type locality: Gouna, Northern Cape Province, South Africa






Original scientific description:

Broom, R. (1950). Some further advances in our knowledge of the Cape golden moles. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 21: 234-241.


Other references:

Bronner, G. N. (2013). Chrysochloris visagiei, pp. 246. In: Kingdon, J., Happold, D., Butynski, T., Hoffmann, M., Happold, M. and Kalina, J. (eds.). Mammals of Africa, Volume I: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria, pp. 246. Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Bronner, G. (2015). Chrysochloris visagiei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T4812A21287855. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.

Bronner, G. N. and Jenkins, P. D. (2005). Order Afrosoricida, pp. 70-81. In: Wilson, D. E. and Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Meester, J. (1974). Family Chrysochloridae. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Meester, J. (1976). South African red data book–small mammals. S. Afr. Natl. Sci. Programmes Rept. 11: vi + 59 pp.

Nicoll, M. E. and Rathbun, G. B. (1990). African Insectivora and elephant-shrews: An action plan for their conservation. IUCN/SSC Insectivore, Tree-Shrew and Elephant-Shrew Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Simonetta A. M. (1968). A new golden mole from Somalia with an appendix on the taxonomy of the family Chrysochloridae (Mammalia, Insectivora). Monitore zoologici Italiano, Supplement 2: 27-55.


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