Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Hyperacrius fertilis
Species Authority: (True, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Burrowing Vole, True's Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-09-22
Assessor(s): Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Listed as Near Threatened because its area of occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km² and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its sub-alpine habitat, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Vulnerable (VU)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is endemic to northern India (Jammu and Kashmir) and Pakistan (North Western Frontier Province) occurring at an elevational range of 2,450 to 3,600 m asl (Molur et al. 2005). The species has a wide range of distribution, but is estimated to have a restricted area of occupancy based on available habitat in the region. It is found in more than 15 fragmented locations in the region.
Countries occurrence:
India; Pakistan
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2450
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3600
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on the population abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a diurnal, terrestrial, semi-fossorial, herbivorous and gregarious vole. It is seen in temperate forests where it inhabits subalpine scrub forests and meadows above the tree line (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overgrazing of the species habitat by domestic livestock and the expansion of human settlements are some of the major threats to the species (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Ecological and population studies along with effects of long-term livestock grazing on the species is recommended. The species has not been recorded from any protected area.

Citation: Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. 2010. Hyperacrius fertilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T10642A3207213. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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