Microtus

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Microtus
Temporal range: Late Pliocene - recent
Microtus lusitanicus.jpg
Lusitanian pine vole
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Tribe: Arvicolini
Genus: Microtus
Schrank, 1798
Species

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Microtus is a genus of voles found in North America, Europe, and northern Asia. The genus name refers to the small ears of these animals. About 62 species are placed in the genus. They are stout rodents with short ears, legs, and tails. They eat green vegetation such as grasses and sedges in summer, and grains, seeds, roots, and bark at other times. The genus is also called "meadow voles". (ITIS database)

Microtus skulls (Bailey, 1900)
Microtus skull bases (Bailey, 1900)

The species are:

Subgenus Microtus

Subgenus Terricola

Subgenus Mynomes

Subgenus Alexandromys

Subgenus Stenocranius

Subgenus Pitymys

Subgenus Pedomys

Subgenus Hyrcanicola

References

  • Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.  (online database version entry for Muroidea).

External links

  • Genus Microtus
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