Microtus qazvinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Microtus qazvinensis Golenishchev, Malikov, Nazari, Vaziri, Sablina & Polyakov, 2003
Taxonomic Notes: The species has the same karyotype of Microtus guentheri, but did not hybridize with that species during experiments (Golenishchev et al. 2003). The population of voles that comprises M. qazvinensis was previously assigned to Microtus irani.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-09-04
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Mahmoudi, A.
Listed as Least Concern as it has been found to have a wide distribution and there is no reason to suspect that the species is declining.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The type locality for this species was in northwestern Iran: Bu’in-Zahra (49º58′E, 35º39′N), 65 km south of Qazvin City, Qazvin Province. The species was more recently found at a number of other sites further west (Mahmoudi et al. 2015) and has an estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) of 81,497 km². It is found at elevations of 1,775-2,056 m asl and possibly has a wider range across Iran, possibly including in the east of the country (M. Mahmoudi pers. comm).
Countries occurrence:
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Additional data:
Number of Locations:4
Lower elevation limit (metres):1775
Upper elevation limit (metres):2056
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Population [top]

Population:It is said to be locally common or abundant within its range.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species was found in cultivated fields such as alfalfa, clover, wheat, and in meadows in the foothills of valleys (A. Mahmoudi pers. comm). The species appears to prefer to occupy the lower elevations compared to M. socialis, especially when these two species exist sympatrically in the same region (A. Mahmoudi pers. comm).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although its distribution is still unclear, this species is probably adaptable. Human activities and drying out of its habitat over times could restrict its range to the suitable places in the west of Iran (A. Mahmoudi pers. comm).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether or not this species occurs in any protected areas.

Citation: Kennerley, R. 2016. Microtus qazvinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136565A22350870. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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