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Cape Golden Mole

Chrysochloris asiatica


Insectivorous Mammal. Endemic to South Africa.


Usually and primarily forested areas, although they have been observed on beaches (hunting Isopods) and can be found in gardens.


Found foraging along the detritus littered edge of a forest track mid-morning.

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a day ago

Congrats on a well earned SOTW.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 days ago

Congratulations to you & the mole on the SOTW - well deserved !!

Great capture Dave,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 days ago

Wonderful spotting ! That blade of grass over the mole adds to the beauty of this spotting.

Dave31 a week ago

Thanks everyone for the comments and the congratulations. Glad I've been able to contribute!

Jae a week ago

Congratulations, Dave.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago

Well done. The only other record of this species on PN is a hole in the ground so this image is very valuable to the project. ;-) Congratulations.

KarenSaxton a week ago

Congrats. That's a great spotting

Brian38 a week ago

Congratulations Dave!

ornithoptera80 a week ago


Tukup a week ago

Congratulations Dave. I'm jealous 😊 Great spotting.


Michael Sarill
Michael Sarill a week ago

Hi Dave31,

Your spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! Rangers loved how you highlighted a unique mammal endemic to South Africa.

This Cape Golden Mole is one of the first photographs of this species on Project Noah, quite a special achievement. Thank you for sharing this wonderful spotting with our community!



Tukup a week ago

Congratulations on your nomination for SOTW Dave. Too cool.

“Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!”

SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago be a first spotting on PN is really something! I wish we had a badge for it. CONGRATULATIONS!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 weeks ago

Congratulations Dave31, This is the first spotting of this species on PN. There is a spotting from 2012 of a burrow, but yours is the first picture of a golden mole.

Tukup 3 weeks ago

Cool. You almost never see Midwestern US moles topside. Great catch Dave.

Spotted by

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -33.96, Long: 22.93

Spotted on Sep 29, 2003
Submitted on Jan 29, 2020

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