|Scientific Name:||Microtus quasiater|
|Species Authority:||(Coues, 1874)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|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)|
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.
|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).|
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|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).|
|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).
|Major Threat(s):||Major threats to this species are habitat loss from urbanization and agriculture.|
|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. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 09 March 2014.|
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