IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)


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Ansell's mole rat

Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitats are moist savanna and miombo forests. It is noted for its very long tunnels, up to 2.8 km for a single colony of only ten individuals.[2]

Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) at the Zoo in Leipzig, Germany
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)


  1. ^ Coterill, F. P. D. & Maree, S. (2008). Cryptomys anselli. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22164-zoologger-the-longest-tunnels-dug-by-a-mammal.html
  • Woods, C. A. and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2005. Pp 1538-1600 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.


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