Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Myodes rex
Species Authority: (Imaizumi, 1971)
Common Name(s):
English Hokkaido Red-backed Vole
Clethrionomys rex Imaizumi, 1971

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Abe, H. & Kaneko, Y.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern, although its known extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², and it is rare, it is not thought to be in decline and there are currently no known threats to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Japanese endemic is found on Hokkaido, at high elevations, including Hidaka, Daisetsu, Teshio, and Kitami Mountains, and Shiribeshi, Yootei, and Oshima districts. It is also found on the islands of Rishiri, Rebun, as well as Shikotan (South Kuril Islands) and Shibotsu (Habomai Islands) (Abe, et al., 2005).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a naturally rare species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in montane forests on mainland Hokkaido (Abe, et al., 2005). It is also found in conifer plantations, scrublands, and grasslands on Hokkaido. The species is found in grasslands and abandoned farmlands on Rishiri and Rebun Islands. In areas of co-occurrence with Clethrionomys rufocanus bedfordiae, the latter species is dominant.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present in protected areas.

Citation: Abe, H. & Kaneko, Y. 2008. Myodes rex. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T39591A10243732. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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