Alticola montosa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Alticola montosa (True, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Central Kashmir Vole, Kashmir Mountain Vole, True’s Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-04-19
Assessor(s): Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Nameer, P.O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Laginha Pinto Correia, D.
This species is assessed as Vulnerable, because although its extent of occurrence is greater than 20,000 km², its area of occupancy (temperate forest) is likely to be less than 2,000 km², with the two known populations being fragmented, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species appears to be limited to two locations in India and Pakistan. It has been recorded from Jammu and Kashmir and from two sites in the North West Frontier Province (Agrawal 2000, Ellerman 1961). It has been recorded from 2,600 m to 4,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
India; Pakistan
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:500-2000
Lower elevation limit (metres):2600
Upper elevation limit (metres):4300
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There is no information available on the population abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is associated with temperate montane forests, where it can be encountered in rocky areas, on cliffs, in caves and among sparse forested areas (Molur et al. 2005).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): War, civil unrest and loss of habitat due to human encroachment are the major threats faced by the species (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any of the protected areas (Molur et al. 2005). General field surveys, research into the natural history and monitoring of populations are recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Molur, S. 2016. Alticola montosa (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T953A115054544. . Downloaded on 20 April 2018.
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