Significance to humans

In South Africa, the burrowing activities of golden moles through vegetable plots and grass lawns make them unpopular with some farmers and householders. Many are killed as pests and are sometimes skinned for their glossy fur. Conversely, other farmers appear to favor their presence because of their insect pest diet. Bakiga tribesmen of Uganda use Stuhlmann golden mole Chrysochloris stuhlmanni skins as lucky charms.

1. Hottentot golden mole (Amblysomus hottentotus); 2. Grant's desert golden mole (Eremitalpa granti); 3. Stuhlmann's golden mole (Chrysochlo-ris stuhlmanni); 4. Large golden mole (Chrysospalax trevelyani). (Illustration by Jacqueline Mahannah)

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