Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Ellobius lutescens
Species Authority: Thomas, 1897
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Transcaucasian Mole Vole, Mountain Mole Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kryštufek, B. & Shenbrot, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
A common and widespread species with no known major threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: S Transcaucasia through east Turkey and northwest Iran.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Turkey
Lower elevation limit (metres): 700
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2500
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Population [top]

Population: In Turkey, 240 individuals/ha. Common in Iran and Armenia.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Most abundant in mountain grasslands and steppes from 700 to 2500 m. Also found in sandy semi-deserts in piedmonts. Ecology is similar to that of Ellobius talpinus. Colonial, subterranean, appears on the ground only when moves soil from the burrows. Feeds mostly on underground parts of plants (Gromov and Erbaeva, 1995).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats (GMA Turkey, 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No records in protected areas in Turkey. Found in protected areas in Armenia (GMA Turkey, 2005).

Citation: Kryštufek, B. & Shenbrot, G. 2008. Ellobius lutescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7655A12840651. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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