First record of a mole in Syria (Soricomorpha: Talpidae: Talpa) [První nález krtka v Syrii (Soricomorpha: Talpidae: Talpa)]
Ján Obuch, Petr Benda
|Citation||OBUCH, Ján a BENDA, Petr. First record of a mole in Syria (Soricomorpha: Talpidae: Talpa) [První nález krtka v Syrii (Soricomorpha: Talpidae: Talpa)]. Lynx, new series. Prague: National Museum, 2009, 40(1), 129–132. ISSN 0024-7774 (print), 1804-6460 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/lns/40-1/first-record-of-a-mole-in-syria-soricomorpha-talpidae-talpa-prvni-nalez-krtka-v-syrii-soricomorpha-talpidae-talpa|
A right humerus of a mole (Talpa sp.) was found in Tyto alba pellets collected near the castle ruins of Qala’at Salah ad Din, western Syria (Al Lathiqiyeh Prov., 35° 36’ N, 36° 03’ E), on 30 June 1998. Considering biogeographic reasoning, the bone is likely to belong to T. davidiana, a species known to occur in southern and south-eastern Turkey and western Iran. The finding represents the first Recent record of a member of the Talpidae family in Syria as well as in the Arabian peninsula.