Cryptochloris zyli Shortridge & Carter, 1938:284

Van Zyl's golden mole



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cryptochloris wintoni zyli Shortridge & Carter, 1938:284


Conservation Status

Rediscovered (1938-November 2003)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered



South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Shortridge, G. C. and Carter, T. D. (1938). A new genus and new species and subspecies of mammals from Little Namaqualand and the north-west Cape Province; and a new subspecies of Gerbillus paeba from the eastern Cape Province. Annals of the South African Museum 32: 281-291.


Other references:

Bronner, G. (2008). Cryptochloris zyli. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 30 March 2013.

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

Ellerman, J. R., T. C. S. Morrison-Scott, and R. W. Hayman. 1953. Southern African mammals 1758 to 1951: A reclassification. British Museum (Natural History), London, 363 pp.

Helgen, K. M. and Wilson, D. E. (2001). Additional material of the enigmatic golden mole Cryptochloris zyli, with notes on the genus Cryptochloris (Mammalia: Chrysochloridae). African Zoology 36(1): 110-112.

Meester, J. (1974). Family Chrysochloridae. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, USA.

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

Meester, J. A. J., I. L. Rautenbach, N. J. Dippenaar, and C. M. Baker. 1986. Classification of southern African mammals. Transvaal Museum Monograph, 5:1-359.

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.

Skinner, J. D. and Smithers, R. H. N. (1990). Mammals of the Southern African Subregion, 2nd edition. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.

Smithers, R. H. N. (1986). South African Red Data Book - Terrestrial Mammals. South African National Scientific Programmes Report 125: 1-216.


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