Lasiopodomys mandarinus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Lasiopodomys mandarinus (Milne-Edwards, 1871)
Common Name(s):
English Mandarin Vole
Microtus kishidai (Mori, 1930)
Microtus pullus (Miller, 1911)
Microtus vinogradovi Fetisov, 1936
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-11
Assessor(s): Batsaikhan, N. & Tsytsulina, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
A widespread species with no known major threats. Listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Distributed in three main areas. Westernmost form L. m. vinogradovi, distributed in Buryatia (Russian Federation) and Northern Mongolia (recorded along the Orkhon and Selenge rivers in north-eastern Hangai Mountain Range and parts of Valley of the Lakes (Sokolov and Orlov 1980, Dulamtseren et al. 1989). Central area is the biggest, in NE and C China (Zhang et al. 1997). Easternmost area is in Korean peninsula.
Countries occurrence:
China; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Mongolia; Russian Federation
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:No data are available at present.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits rocky lowland and mountain steppe up to 3,000 m and meadows in forest-steppe habitats. Usually found away from woods but near water sources. They are especially common in dense brush along the banks of lakes, rivers and streams. Feeds on the underground parts of plants, in Buryatia mostly on fat roots of Stellera chamaejasme. Sometimes uses green plants and herbs. They are highly social and live in extended family groups. Members occupy a common burrow to which they remain strongly attached. In summer groups consist of one breeding male for every one to two breeding females plus the young of 1-3 generations. Total numbers of individuals per burrow averages 8.7, but ranges between 3-22. Reproduction occurs between March and August yielding litters of 2-4 young.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Possible habitat degradation through grazing by increasing numbers of livestock. Drying of water sources and droughts also threaten this species, although it remains unclear if these represent natural environmental changes or are driven by anthropogenic activity. These are not considered major threats to the species at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Approximately 1% of the species’ range in Mongolia occurs within protected areas. In China and Russia is abundant and listed as Least Concern. Conservation measures required. Further research and management of habitats is recommended.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Batsaikhan, N. & Tsytsulina, K. 2016. Lasiopodomys mandarinus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T11342A115101561. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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