Gray-tailed vole

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Gray-tailed vole
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Microtus
Subgenus: Mynomes
Species: M. canicaudus
Binomial name
Microtus canicaudus
Miller, 1897

The gray-tailed vole, Microtus canicaudus, is a common small mammal that inhabits grasslands in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon.[2] Gray-tailed voles are polygamous; females are territorial, males have large home ranges that overlap those of several females, and juvenile emigration is male-biased.[3]


Gray-tailed voles recognize relatives based on familiarity. Under laboratory conditions, familiar gray-tailed voles produced fewer litters than unfamiliar individuals,[4] and pairings of relatives show lower pup survivorship than pairings of unrelated individuals.


  1. ^ Linzey, A.V. & NatureServe (Hammerson, G.) (2008). Microtus canicaudus. 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.
  2. ^ Vert, B. J., and L. Carraway. 1987. Microtus canicaudus. Mammalian Species 267:1-4
  3. ^ Wolff, J. O., W. D. Edge, and R. Bentley. 1994. Reproductive and behavioral biology of the gray-tailed vole. Journal of Mammalogy 75:873-879.
  4. ^ Boyd, S. K., and A. R. Balustein 1985. Familiarity and inbreeding avoidance in the gray-tailed vole (Microtus canicaudus). Journal of Mammalogy 66:348-352.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Wolff, J. O., E. M. Schauber, and W. D. Edge. 1997. Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on the behavior and demography of the gray-tailed voles. Conservation Biology 11:945-956.