Sci Total Environ. Mar 1;() Epub Nov The snow vole (Chionomys nivalis) as an appropriate environmental bioindicator in alpine. In this study we provide more detail insight into phylogenetic status of the Snow vole Chionomys nivalis occurring in the Western Carpathians. PDF | The Snow Vole Chionomys nivalis was recorded for the first time from the Central Elburz and Binaloud Mountains, Iran. The Binaloud.

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Extant species of subfamily Arvicolinae.

Arborimus Tree voles White-footed vole A. Views Read Edit View history. The European snow vole cuionomys snow vole Chionomys nivalispreviously Arvicola nivalis and Microtus nivalis is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It does not hibernate in wintertime and may take shelter in mountain huts. However it is more often found at medium to high altitudes because there is less competition from other animals such as grasshoppersthe alpine marmot Marmota marmotathe ibex Capru spp.

Retrieved from ” https: These behaviours are probably related to the competition necessary to find enough food in the snow voles’ challenging environment, and is in contrast to some other vole species living in more temperate climates.

Chionomys nivalis (European snow vole)

In the summer it gathers bits of grass and leaves, leaving them to dry in the sun before storing them in underground chambers for winter use as food. Chionomys nivalis Martins, European snow vole Conservation status.


Eolagurus Yellow nigalis lemming E. Western heather vole P. Dinaromys Balkan snow vole D. Neofiber Round-tailed muskrat N.

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They are aggressive towards other members of their species that they may encounter. All three species are present in the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains in northeastern Turkey. White-tailed mountain vole A. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Mammal Species of the World: Japanese red-backed vole M.

Canadian Journal of Zoology. This vole is active by night as well as by day and in the summer it is quite easy to spot lying on rocks, especially on sunny days. It feeds on the green parts of plants, grasses, buds, shoots and roots, and may sometimes eat insects and their larvae.

Its voice is a squeak and its teeth can sometimes be heard chattering.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis

Arvicola nivalis Martins By using this site, you agree to the Cuionomys of Use and Privacy Policy. Northern bog lemming S. Ellobius Mole voles Alai mole vole E. This is because, despite its rather fragmented range, it is common in some suitable habitats, its population trend seems stable and it does not seem to be facing any particular threats.

A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. Bavarian pine vole M.

The European snow vole has soft, long, dense fur that is pale grey tinged with brown. Kachin red-backed vole E. There are usually two litters in a year, with litters of about four range two to seven young being born after a gestation period of three weeks. It digs tunnels with numerous exit holes among rocks and between tree roots.


Arvicola Water voles European water vole A. Johns Hopkins University Press. The European snow vole is promiscuous in its mating habits with both males and females mating with multiple partners.

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However, if they do fight, it will be a more intense battle. European water vole A. In the winter the territorial boundaries break down and individual males and females become nomadic and solitary. In the summer breeding season, female European snow voles have mutually exclusive territories and display considerable aggression towards other females of their own species when they meet near the territorial boundaries.

When suitable petricolic soils occur in forests it is less likely to be plentiful because it faces competition from such mammals as the edible dormouse Glis glis and the garden dormouse Eliomys quercinus.

Prometheomys Long-clawed mole vole P. Schelkovnikov’s pine vole M. It holds its tail in an upright position when running. It has a rounded nose, black beady eyes, long whitish whiskers and nivallis large ears.