Myodes centralis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Myodes centralis Miller, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Tien Shan Red-backed Vole
Clethrionomys centralis Miller, 1906
Clethrionomys frater (Thomas, 1908)
Taxonomic Notes: Was listed in IUCN Red Lists from 1996 to 2006 under the name Clethrionomys centralis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-09
Assessor(s): Tsytsulina, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
An abundant species with no known major threats, hence is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Tian Shan except western ridges (NW Xinjiang, China; Kyrgyzstan) and Dzungarian Ala Tau (Kazakhstan). In northern Tian Shan and northern Dzungarian Ala Tau found from 1300 to 2900 m, in southern Dzungarian Ala Tau found from 1800 m.
Countries occurrence:
China; Kyrgyzstan
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1300
Upper elevation limit (metres):2900
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Population [top]

Population:Population fluctuates with years. Minimal fluctuations observed in rocky areas, and maximal in coniferous forests, where population size rises after good fir yield (Fedosenko, 1964). In Dzungarian Ala Tau population density is always low (Fedosenko and Lobachev, 1970).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits mountain mainly coniferous forests, however, sometimes found in broadleaf forests and above the coniferous forests belt. Colonies found in forests with rich grass and shrubs, rocks covered with moss and forest clearings. At high forest border lives on all slopes except southern slopes without forest, but found on southern slopes in subalpine belt with rich juniper stands. In autumn and winter sometimes found in human dwellings. Feeds on green parts of plants, berries, fir seeds. In autumn increases its consumption of mountain ash, honeysuckle and juniper bark, in winter feeds on brier and mountain ash berries. Near human settlements often consume apples and apricots. Make nests in natural shelters, under rocks or tree roots. Winter nests could be directly beneth snow cover, if it is thick enough. Reproduction time differs depending on the altitude. In lower border of distribution it is about 7 months (from beginning of March to end of September - beginning of October). At upper forest border it is 4 - 4,5 months (from the end of April to end of August). Litter size is 2-9 young.
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species, but continuous deforestation may significantly affect range size.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Abundant species that occurs in some protected areas. In all countries of occurrence listed as Least Concern.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2016. Myodes centralis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T4972A115070818. . Downloaded on 23 May 2018.
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