Microtus transcaspicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microtus transcaspicus
Species Authority: Satunin, 1905
Common Name(s):
English Baluchistan Vole, Middle East Vole, Transcaspian Vole
Microtus kermanensis Roguin, 1905
Microtus kermanensis Roguin, 1988

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Shenbrot, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Although the species' range is small, there is no reason to suspect that the species is declining. The habitat for this species is not known to be under threat, hence it is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found on isolated mountains in Central and Western Kopet-Dag Mountains in SW Turkmenistan, mountains in Iran in the northeast (Khorassan Province, 5 km N Kashmar, USNM) and south (Kuh-e Laleh-Zar and Kuh-e Hazar Mtns south of Kerman), and the Hindu Kush of northern Afghanistan (Parvan Province, Shibar Pass, FMNH). Records in Afghanistan are possibly Microtus ilaeus.
Iran, Islamic Republic of; Turkmenistan
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Population [top]

Population: No data available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Dry montane steppe habitats. In Turkmenia found along river valleys, at moist areas with trees and shrubs (poplar, willow, elm, and dewberry). Elevation ranges from 300 to 2000 m. Feed on green parts of different plants. Colonial, family area is 3-5 m square with 2-5 exits (Malygin, 1983). Pregnant females were found starting from April. It is possible that there is summer break in reproduction. Overwintered females give 2-3 litters per year. Average number of embryos is 6 (Marinina, 1981).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species. Range reductions could occur due to further climate aridification.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in many protected areas.

Citation: Shenbrot, G. 2008. Microtus transcaspicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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