Ellobius lutescens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Ellobius lutescens Thomas, 1897
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Transcaucasian Mole Vole, Mountain Mole Vole
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-10
Assessor(s): Kryštufek, B. & Shenbrot, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This is a common species with no known major threats. It is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

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

Population:In Turkey the density of this species is 240 individuals/ha. It is common in Iran and Armenia.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is mostly 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. The species is colonial and subterranean; it appears on the ground only when it moves soil from the burrows. It feeds mostly on underground parts of plants (Gromov and Erbaeva 1995).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known to this species (GMA Turkey 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no records in protected areas in Turkey. It is found in protected areas in Armenia (GMA Turkey 2005).

Citation: Kryštufek, B. & Shenbrot, G. 2016. Ellobius lutescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T7655A22340006. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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