Microtus savii 

Scope: Global, Europe & Mediterranean
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Microtus savii (de Selys-Longchamps, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Savi's Pine Vole
French Campagnol De Savi
Spanish Topillo De Savi
Taxonomic Notes: The southern Italian populations of this species may represent Microtus brachycercus (Contoli 1999).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-09
Assessor(s): Amori, G.
Reviewer(s): Cassola, F.
A widespread and abundant species with no major threats. The population trend is stable. It therefore is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Microtus savii is endemic to Europe, where it is found throughout Italy (with the exception of the extreme north-east, but including Sicily). It occurs marginally in southern Switzerland and southeast France. It occurs from sea level to 2,000m. The southern Italian populations of this species may represent Microtus brachycercus (Contoli 1999).
Countries occurrence:
France; Italy; Switzerland
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:It is a widespread and abundant species, dominating small mammal communities within its range, and providing a key food source for many predators. Periodic population booms occur in cultivated areas, and the species is considered an agricultural pest. The long-term population trend appears to be stable (Contoli 1999).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in the majority of terrestrial habitat types, with the exception of high mountains, dense woodlands, and some very sandy, rocky or wet areas. It occurs in many anthropogenic habitats including pastures, arable land, gardens, and urban areas (Contoli 1999) .
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is found in protected areas. The Sicilian subspecies (nebrodensis) needs more genetic investigation to determine its taxonomic status.

Citation: Amori, G. 2016. Microtus savii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13491A513760. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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