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Microtus liechtensteini

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Microtus liechtensteini
Species Authority: (Wettstein, 1927)
Common Name(s):
English Liechtenstein’s Pine Vole
French Campagnol De Liechtenstein
Spanish Topillo Alpino
Taxonomic Notes: This species is closely related to Microtus multiplex, and has been previously considered synonymous (Wilson and Reeder 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Spitzenberger, F., 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:
This species is relatively widespread, with a presumed large population, no major threats, and no known declines. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Europe, where it occurs in Austria, eastern Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia, and Croatia. In Austria, it is found in two isolated localities and also found along the Italian and Slovenian border (Spitzenberger 2002). Its altitudinal range is from sea level to 1,700 m (B. Kryštufek pers. comm. 2006). One record for Serbia (B. Kryštufek pers. comm. 2007)
Countries:
Native:
Austria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Italy; Serbia (Serbia); Slovenia
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common in at least parts of its range, and there is no evidence of population decline (Kryštufek 1999).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits pastures, meadows, open woodland and woodland clearings, preferring open areas with dense herbaceous vegetation to mature forest. In the high mountains it is also found in dwarf pine Pinus mugo, and in the coastal lowlands it occurs dry meadows, vineyards, and hedgerows (Kryštufek 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes considered a pest, and is controlled through poisoning.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in protected areas. No specific conservation actions are recommended.

Citation: Spitzenberger, F., Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Microtus liechtensteini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 September 2014.
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