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Microtus levis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Microtus levis
Species Authority: Miller, 1908
Common Name(s):
English East European Vole, Sibling Vole
French Campagnol D'Ondrias
Spanish Topillo Griego
Synonym(s):
Microtus epiroticus Ondrias, 1966
Microtus rossiaemeridionalis Ognev, 1924
Microtus subarvalis Meyer, Orlov & Skholl, 1972
Taxonomic Notes: Synonyms include M. rossiaemeridionalis, M. subarvalis and M. epiroticus (Wilson and Reeder 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Zagorodnyuk, I., Henttonen, H., Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
A widespread and common species, tolerant of a wide range of habitat types. No major threats are known. Consequently it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Microtus levis has a large range extending from east and south-east Europe eastwards across Russia and Asia Minor to Lake Baikal in Siberia. It has been introduced to Svalbard (Zima 1999, Shenbrot and Krasnov 2005). In Europe, its range includes the Balkan peninsula, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic and southern Finland. Generally a lowland species, recorded from sea level to 2,500 m (B. Krystufek pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Estonia; Finland; Greece; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia); Turkey; Ukraine
Introduced:
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively common species. Population densities fluctuate on an annual basis, and peak densities of as high as 200,000 burrow openings per hectare have been recorded in F. Y. R. Macedonia (Zima 1999).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in a range of habitats including farmland, meadows, and open woodland. In southern parts of its range it tends to occur in damp habitats in close proximity to rivers and lakes (Zima 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas throughout its range. No specific conservation actions are needed.

Citation: Zagorodnyuk, I., Henttonen, H., Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Microtus levis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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