Calabria pine vole

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Calabria pine vole
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Microtus
Subgenus: Terricola
Species: M. brachycercus
Binomial name
Microtus brachycercus
(Lehmann, 1961)

The Calabria pine vole (Microtus brachycercus) is a vole found in southern and central Italy initially described by Lehmann as a subspecies of M. savii. Genetic tests in the Calabrian region found, although similar, the X chromosome is larger than the of samples of M. savii found elsewhere in Italy and the Y chromosome is twice the size, leading Galleni in 1994 to designate M. brachycercus as a separate species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amori, G. (2008). Microtus brachycercus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 11 June 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  • D.E. Wilson & D.M. Reeder, 2005: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third Edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore..