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Temporal range: Late Pliocene - Recent
Microtus lusitanicus.jpg
Lusitanian Pine Vole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Tribe: Arvicolini
Genus: Microtus
Schrank, 1798

Microtus abbreviatus
Microtus agrestis
Microtus anatolicus
Microtus arvalis
Microtus bavaricus
Microtus brachycercus
Microtus breweri
Microtus cabrerae
Microtus californicus
Microtus canicaudus
Microtus chrotorrhinus
Microtus clarkei
Microtus daghestanicus
Microtus dogramacii
Microtus duodecimcostatus
Microtus evoronensis
Microtus felteni
Microtus fortis
Microtus gerbei
Microtus gregalis
Microtus guatemalensis
Microtus guentheri
Microtus ilaeus
Microtus irani
Microtus kikuchii
Microtus levis
Microtus liechtensteini
Microtus limnophilus
Microtus longicaudus
Microtus lusitanicus
Microtus majori
Microtus maximowiczii
Microtus mexicanus
Microtus middendorffi
Microtus miurus
Microtus mongolicus
Microtus montanus
Microtus montebelli
Microtus mujanensis
Microtus multiplex
Microtus oaxacensis
Microtus ochrogaster
Microtus oeconomus
Microtus oregoni
Microtus paradoxus
Microtus pennsylvanicus
Microtus pinetorum
Microtus qazvinensis
Microtus quasiater
Microtus richardsoni
Microtus sachalinensis
Microtus savii
Microtus schelkovnikovi
Microtus schidlovskii
Microtus socialis
Microtus subterraneus
Microtus tatricus
Microtus thomasi
Microtus townsendii
Microtus transcaspicus
Microtus umbrosus
Microtus xanthognathus

The genus Microtus is a group of voles found in North America, Europe and northern Asia. The genus name refers to the small ears of these animals. There are 62 species in the genus.

These animals live in grassy areas. 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)

The complete list of species is:

Subgenus Microtus

Subgenus Terricola

Subgenus Mynomes

Subgenus Alexandromys

Subgenus Stenocranius

Subgenus Pitymys

Subgenus Pedomys

Subgenus Hyrcanicola


  • 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. (online database version entry for Muroidea).

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