Microtus duodecimcostatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microtus duodecimcostatus
Species Authority: (de Selys-Longchamps, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Mediterranean Pine Vole
French Campagnol Provençal
Spanish Topillo Mediterráneo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aulagnier, S. & Palomo, L.J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
A common species, which is considered an agricultural pest across its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the western Mediterranean, where it occurs in the Iberian Peninsula (everywhere except the north-west) and southern France (Shenbrot and Krasnov 2005). It is found from sea level to 2,250 m (Palomo 1999).
Andorra; France; Portugal; Spain
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Population [top]

Population: It is widely distributed throughout its geographic range, and can reach high enough densities in some areas to be considered an agricultural pest (particularly in orchards). Population densities of 400-600 individuals per ha exceptionally have been recorded, but lower densities are more typical (le Louarn and Quéré 2003).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in open habitats with relatively deep, loose soil, where it constructs underground burrows (Palomo 1999). It occurs in a number of anthropogenic habitats, including pastures, arable land, and orchards. It is also found in shrubland (le Louarn and Quéré 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Pest control can cause very significant local population declines (Palomo 1999). However, there is no evidence of global declines as a result of this.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a number of protected areas across its range.

Citation: Aulagnier, S. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Microtus duodecimcostatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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