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Microtus qazvinensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Microtus qazvinensis
Species Authority: 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: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Stuart, S.N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This recently described species is currently known only from its type locality in northwestern Iran: Bu’in-Zahra (49º58′E, 35º39′N), 65 km south of Qazvin City, Qazvin Province. The species presumably occurs more widely, but it range limits are currently unknown.
Countries:
Native:
Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is said to be locally common or abundant within its range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is no direct information on its habitat preferences, though these are likely to be similar to Microtus guentheri and M. irani.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although its distribution is still very unclear, this species is probably adaptable, and there are unlikely to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether or not this species occurs in any protected areas. Research is needed to determine its taxonomic validity and geographic distribution.

Citation: Stuart, S.N. 2008. Microtus qazvinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 August 2014.
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