Hyperacrius fertilis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Hyperacrius fertilis (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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-11
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Nameer, P.O.

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:

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
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:2000-3000
Number of Locations:15-20
Lower elevation limit (metres):2450
Upper elevation limit (metres):3600
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

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).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overgrazing of its 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.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Molur, S. 2016. Hyperacrius fertilis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T10642A115098670. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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