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    Scapanus: Brief Summary
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    Scapanus is a genus of moles in the family Talpidae. They live in North America from west of the Rockies south to Baja California del Norte, and north to British Columbia, wherever conditions permit a mole population; that is to say, apart from the most sandy, rocky, or developed places. As they are one genus, they are very closely related, but as species, they rarely if ever interbreed successfully.

    It contains the following living species:

    Broad-footed mole (S. latimanus) Coast mole (S. orarius) Townsend's mole (S. townsendii)

    In addition, there are several extinct species known from fossils.

    Scapanus hagermanensis (Mid Blancan stage, Idaho) Scapanus malatinus (Blancan-Quaternary, California) Scapanus proceridens (Miocene, Oregon and Idaho) Scapanus shultzi (Miocene, California and Oregon)
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