Marmota camtschatica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Marmota camtschatica (Pallas, 1811)
Common Name(s):
English Black-capped Marmot
Arctomys baibak Pallas, 1811 ssp. camtschatica
Arctomys bungei Kastschenko, 1901
Arctomys cliffoni Thomas, 1902
Arctomys doppelmayeri Birula, 1922

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-08
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Tsytsulina, K.
It is not an abundant species, but hunting is regulated by law. Rare Baikalian subspecies M. c. doppelmayri is protected by law. Widespread and not believed to be declining at a significant rate at present therefore is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Distributed in mountain (up to 1900 m) and arctic tundras in E Siberia. The range consist of three isolated areas: Baikal Region, Verkhoyanskoe and Kolymskoe Highlands, and Kamchatka.
Countries occurrence:
Russian Federation
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Not abundant across the range.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits meadows with low mountain forest. Lives in colonies with many burrows. Winter burrows have depth up to permafrost. Nesting cell has big amount of grass to keep warmth. Before hibernation makes a layer of silt up to 25 cm above wintering cell; exits close with soil and grass plugs. Hibernation starts in September-October, and lasts till May. Two - three families (20-30 animals) hibernate together. Feed on a wide variety of plants, and also consumes invertebrates. Mating occurs before they emerge in spring, and reproduction in May - June. Litter size is 3-11 young.
Generation Length (years):5

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Hunted for food and clothing.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is subjected to unsustainable hunting for meat, although no international trade is believed to be occurring at present. Possible habitat degradation through grazing by increasing numbers of livestock.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: M.c. doppelmayri (distributed in Baikal Region) is protected by National Law. Also occurs in some protected areas. Further research, legislation and hunting management 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: Cassola, F. 2016. Marmota camtschatica (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T12831A115106935. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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