Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Insectivora > Family: Talpidae > Genus: Talpa > Species: Talpa europaea

Common mole - Talpa europaea Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • heathland and shrub
  • urban
Natura 2000 species code 5877

The EUNIS species component has very limited information about this species.

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Common mole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Europska krtica Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges vakond Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kret Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Krt podzemný Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Krtek obecný Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kurmis Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kurmis Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Maamyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Maulef Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Maulwurf German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mol Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Moldvarp Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Moldvarpa Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Muldvarp Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mullvad Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mutt Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Navadni krt Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Talpa Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Talpa europea Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Taupe d'Europe French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tava-mutt Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Topo europeo Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toupeira-europeia Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Urithi Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Talpa frisius Müller, 1766
Talpa europaea cinerea Gmelin, 1788
Talpa europaea brauneri Satunin, 1908
Talpa europaea uralensis Ognev, 1925
Talpa europaea pancici Martino, 1930

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

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Summary of derogations for species

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Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Lódzkie 2011-10-13 2012-02-29 ptential habitats are located in the lane of highway witch is under construction (S8) damage to potential habitats none
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