Microtus mongolicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microtus mongolicus
Species Authority: (Radde, 1861)
Common Name(s):
English Mongolian Vole
Microtus arvalis Fetisov, 1941 subspecies baicalensis
Microtus poljakovi Kastschenko, 1901
Microtus xerophilus Skalon, 1936

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Shar, S. & Lkhagvasuren, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species has a large population size and a wide distribution. No decline in population size has been detected, and there are no known widespread major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Distribute in lower and middle mountain zones up to 3000 m asl in Transbaikalia, Mongolia, and NE China (N Nei Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin). In Mongolia found in Mönkh Saridag Mountain in Hövsgöl Mountain Range. Also distributed in Hentii Mountain Range, parts of Hangai Mountain Range, Mongol Daguur Steppe, Middle Halh Steppe, Eastern Mongolia and Ikh Hyangan Mountain Range (Sokolov and Orlov, 1980; Dulamtseren et al., 1989).
China; Mongolia; Russian Federation
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant in its range, and characteristically displays boom-bust population structure dynamics.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits forest and forest-steppe habitats feeding on green vegetation. Feeds on both green and underground parts of plants. Sometimes makes supplies of bulbs and roots up to 2 kg.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No available data, although habitat loss through human-caused and natural wildfires may constitute a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Approximately 12% of the species’ range in Mongolia occurs within protected areas. In China and Russia abundant and listed as Least Concern. Further research is recommended to establish status and conservation measures required.

Citation: Shar, S. & Lkhagvasuren, D. 2008. Microtus mongolicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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