Alticola montosa 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Alticola montosa
Species Authority: (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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable, because although its extent of occurrence is greater than 20,000 km², and area of occupancy (temperate forest) is probably less than 2,000 km², with all populations fragmented, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species appears to be limited to a few locations in India and Pakistan. It has been recorded from locations in Jammu and Kashmir and two locations from 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
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: < 2,000
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4300
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Population [top]

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

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).
Systems: Terrestrial

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).

Citation: Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. 2008. Alticola montosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T953A13098128. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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