Southern Vole
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Southern Vole

Southern vole
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Microtus
Subgenus: Microtus
M. levis
Binomial name
Microtus levis
Miller, 1908

rossiaemeridionalis Ognev, 1924 epiroticus Ondrias, 1966

The southern vole (Microtus levis) is a species of vole (rodent) in the family Cricetidae.[2] It is found in Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Iran, Svalbard (accidentally introduced), North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Norway. On Svalbard, they were first discovered in 1960 in the Grumantbyen area, and were thought to be the common vole until a genetic analysis correctly identified them in 1990.[3]


  1. ^ Zagorodnyuk, I.; Henttonen, H.; Amori, G.; Hutterer, R.; Kry?tufek, B.; Yigit, N.; Mitsain, G. & Muñoz, L.J.P. (2008). "Microtus levis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1002. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ The Norwegian Polar Institute - Sibling Vole

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