Microtus kikuchii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microtus kikuchii
Species Authority: Kuroda, 1920
Common Name(s):
English Taiwan Vole, Kikuchi's Field Vole
Volemys kikuchii (Kuroda, 1920)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is sometimes placed in the genus Volemys (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened as the species' extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², and it is restricted to high elevations in the mountains of Taiwan. There are no threats to the species habitat at present, but if this were to change in the future it would be considered an Endangered species under criterion B1.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Taiwan, Province of China (Smith and Xie 2008). Its distribution is restricted to high mountain tops at elevations approximately between 3,000-3,670 m asl (Yu 1995).
Taiwan, Province of China (Taiwan, Province of China (main island))
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in highland forests (Smith and Xie 2008), with bushy bamboo understory (Yu 1993).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the past there was some deforestation in the highlands of Taiwan, however, that has now mostly ceased and there are no longer any known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Yushan National Park (Yu 1994), and is presumed to occur in Taroko National Park. Further studies are needed into the abundance, natural history and threats to this species. In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Microtus kikuchii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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