Chionomys roberti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chionomys roberti
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1906)
Common Name(s):
English Robert's Snow Vole, Robert’s Snow Vole
Chionomys personatus Ognev, 1924
Microtus pshavus (Shidlovski, 1919)
Microtus roberti (Heptner, 1949) subspecies circassicus
Microtus roberti (Turov, 1928) subspecies occidentalis
Microtus roberti (Hoffmeister, 1949) subspecies turovi

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kryštufek, B., Bukhnikashvili, A., Sozen, M. & Isfendiyaroglu, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
The species is relatively widespread, although is found in specific habitats which makes it susceptible to habitat loss in Turkey and it is declining there. Overall it is not suspected to be declining at a rate that would place it in a threatened or Near Threatened category, hence is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the western Caucasus (Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan), and in the eastern Black Sea Mountains in northeastern Turkey. Elevation range is from sea level to 3200 m.
Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation; Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: Moderately common, typically 5-10% of small mammals, though can be more common in suitable habitats.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Unique species. Lives in mesic habitats along streams and mountain rivers, usually rocky mossy areas with shrubs. The species apprears to be semi-arboreal, and although it dwells in the proximity of streams, does not appear to have aquatic adaptations (climbs and jumps across water). Although the species has been found outside forest, it typically is found in forested areas. Feeds on fern, elderflower and rhododendron leaves. Has 2-3 litters per year with about 3 young in each.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. In Turkey, there is pressure on riverine habitats in its range. There is mining for rocks in some of the habitats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded in protected areas.

Citation: Kryštufek, B., Bukhnikashvili, A., Sozen, M. & Isfendiyaroglu, S. 2008. Chionomys roberti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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