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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-27
Assessor(s): Kry�tufek, B., Shenbrot, G. & Sozen, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Bukhnikashvili, A. & Yigit, N.
This species is listed as Least Concern because it is abundant in suitable habitat and tolerant of a wide range of habitats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:It occurs in northwest Turkey (humid forest along southern shore of Black Sea east of type locality), north Caucasus (Russia), south Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and west Azerbaijan), and northwest 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 (Shenbrot and Krasnov 2005). Elevation ranges from 500 to 1,400 m, rarely 2,100 m.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Georgia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Russian Federation; Turkey
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):2100
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Population [top]

Population:The species is common over its 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. It also occurs in bogs. Females reproduce at the age of one year; this species produces 2 litters per season, each of 2-4 embryos.
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It 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
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2. Available at: (Accessed: 04 September 2016).

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.

Pacifici, M., Santini, L., Di Marco, M., Baisero, D., Francucci, L., Grottolo Marasini, G., Visconti, P. and Rondinini, C. 2013. Generation length for mammals. Nature Conservation 5: 87–94.

Shenbrot, G.I. and Krasnov, B.R. 2005. An Atlas of the Geographic Distribution of the Arvicoline Rodents of the World (Rodentia, Muridae: Arvicolinae). Pensoft Publishers, Sofia.

Citation: Kry�tufek, B., Shenbrot, G. & Sozen, M. 2016. Microtus majori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136354A22346545. . Downloaded on 23 October 2016.
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