What kind of animal is a spider mole? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a spider mole? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. The Japanese spider mole is such a minor mole that no one even mentions it in YouTube videos, and it is an animal that is only known among researchers, so I will explain it.

What is Senka Kumogura? About basic status

The spider mole is an animal classified into the genus Mole, family Moleidae, and order Mammalia. The body length is 12 cm and the weight is only 40 g. The scientific name is Mogera uchidai, and the kanji is Senkaku Toryu. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)Senkaku mole
Ryukyu mole
scientific name(学名)Mogera uchidai
classification(分類)Mammalia、Eulipotyphla、 Talpidae、Mogera

About habitat

The Senkaku spider is an endemic species that can only be found and seen in the Senkaku Islands in Japan. Although there are reports on the ecosystem of mammals, there are many mysteries.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Unlike other species, the spider mole is characterized by its long and slender snout. It has fewer teeth than other moles, making it different from any other genus in the Moleidae family. It is recognized as a new species because it has fewer teeth than other species in the mole family. Furthermore, the Senka Kumogra is an unusual species that prefers to live in tropical areas where moles do not like.

What does the ecology look like?

The spider mole is omnivorous, subsisting on insects and myriapods. The reproductive form is viviparous. There are many mysteries about their ecology, and because they are never seen outdoors, research has not progressed very well. The maximum lifespan is probably 2 to 3 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

The spider mole probably has no natural enemies.

Is the Japanese spider mole an endangered species?

The Japanese spider mole is classified as endangered on the Okinawa Prefecture Red List and is in danger of extinction. In 2010, the “Senka Kumogra Protection Association” was established. This group is conducting research on the species, including its ecology. Since it is originally a rare species and the number of individuals is small, there is still a need to understand it.

Can a spider mole be kept as a pet?

The Japanese spider mole is designated as an endangered species, so it is impossible for the general public to keep it in captivity. We recommend that you actually go to the Senkaku Islands and observe them.


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