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Microtus quasiater

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Microtus quasiater
Species Authority: (Coues, 1874)
Common Name(s):
English Jalapan Pine Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-09-24
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:

Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km² and its habitat and number of locations are in decline due to increasing agricultural activities and urbanization within its range, which make the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

History:
2008 Near Threatened (IUCN 2008)
2008 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental (from 500 to 2,150 m), from southeast San Luis Potosi to northern Oaxaca, México (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: This species is relatively common in suitable habitat. However, a population in Xalapa has become extinct due to urbanization within this area (Ceballos and Olivia 2005).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species can be found in cloud forest, grassland, and agricultural lands. Typical habitat has been described as marshy meadows and grassy swales (Ramirez-Pulido et al. 1991).

These voles live in habitats similar to their northern congeners but have a much reduced litter size. Jalapan pine voles feed mainly on roots and the bases of stems of annual plants and possibly some grasses (Hall and Dalquest 1963).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to this species are habitat loss from urbanization and agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species' range falls partially into several protected areas within its distribution. It is considered vulnerable under Mexican Law (NOM-059-ECOL-2001).

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T. & Vázquez, E. 2010. Microtus quasiater. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 September 2014.
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