Phenacomys ungava


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phenacomys ungava
Species Authority: Merriam, 1889
Common Name(s):
English Eastern Heather Vole
Taxonomic Notes: There is uncertainty about the taxonomic status of Phenacomys ungava. In recent decades, most authors have regarded ungava as a subspecies of P. intermedius. Musser and Carleton (in Wilson and Reeder 1993, 2005) noted the present validity of earlier statements that the relationship between intermedius and ungava needs further detailed study; nevertheless, they listed P. ungava as a separate species. Jones et al. (1997), Baker et al. (2003), and George (in Wilson and Ruff 1999) also recognized ungava as a distinct species

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Linzey, A.V. & NatureServe (Reichel, J.D. & Hammerson, G.)
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is very widespread, its populations are stable, there are no major threats, and it occurs in protected areas throughout its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from Labrador west to southern Yukon Territory in Canada, south to southern Alberta (Wilson and Reeder 1993), south-central Saskatchewan, southeastern Manitoba, northeastern Minnesota (United States) (Jannett and Oehlenschlager 1997), southern Ontario, and southern Quebec (McAllister and Hoffmann 1988).
Canada (Labrador, Manitoba, Newfoundland I, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan, Yukon); United States (Minnesota)
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Population [top]

Population: This species has a wide distribution in North America and occurs in at least hundreds of known locations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in boreal habitats where there is abundant shrubby ground cover.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are many protected occurrences of this species and no large-scale threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Many occurrences of this species are appropriately protected and managed.

Citation: Linzey, A.V. & NatureServe (Reichel, J.D. & Hammerson, G.) 2008. Phenacomys ungava. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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