Microtus majori 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Microtus majori
Species Authority: Thomas, 1906
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Major's Pine 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., Yigit, N., Bukhnikashvili, A., Shenbrot, G. & Sozen, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Least Concern. Abundant in suitable habitat and tolerant of a wide range of habitats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:NE Turkey (humid forest along southern shore of Black Sea east of type locality), N Caucasus (Russia), S Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and W Azerbaijan), and NW Iran. The western range limit are undefined; there are records further west based on morphology that have not been karyotyped. The southern and western range limits are not well defined. Elevation: 500-1,400 m (B. Krystufek pers. comm. 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Georgia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Russian Federation; Turkey
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):1400
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Population [top]

Population:The species is common over its wide distribution.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species occurs in mixed forests, shrubland and forest clearings as well as in alpine pastures. The species prefers forest clearings and does well in degraded habitats. Also occurs in bogs.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas. No specific conservation measures are in place or needed.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.4. Forest - Temperate
1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
3. Shrubland -> 3.8. Shrubland - Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation
4. Grassland -> 4.4. Grassland - Temperate
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.11. Wetlands (inland) - Alpine Wetlands (includes temporary waters from snowmelt)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: D.E. Wilson and D.A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Citation: Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Bukhnikashvili, A., Shenbrot, G. & Sozen, M. 2008. Microtus majori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136354A4279644. . Downloaded on 24 August 2016.
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