De Winton’s golden mole is only known from one locality, and has not been recorded for more than 50 years.
They are endemic to South Africa and occupy the same range of Grants golden mole, living in Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation and sandy shores. There is only one other species sharing De Winton’s golden mole’s genus, Cryptochloris. Golden moles are not related to the moles, from which they gain their common name, but rather to a group of African mammals, known as the Afrotheria. The elephants, sea cows, and hyraxes; the aardvark and sengis (or elephant-shrews) all belong to the Afrotheria, along with the tenrecs, to whom golden-moles are most closely related.
- Order: Afrosoricida
- Family: Chrysochloridae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: unknown
The De Winton’s golden mole is endemic to South Africa. Recorded only from the type locality at Port Nolloth, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
They live on coastal dunes and adjacent sandy areas in Strandveld of the Namaqualand coastal plain of the Northern Cape.