Tree vole

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Tree voles
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Red Tree Vole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Arborimus
Taylor, 1915
Species

Arborimus albipes
Arborimus longicaudus
Arborimus pomo

The genus Arborimus is a group of voles found in western North America. The genus name means "tree mouse" in Latin.

These animals live in forested areas and two species live in trees. They are small rodents with short ears and long legs. They are primarily herbivorous. Predators include owls and mustelids.

Some sources include this genus with the heather voles, genus Phenacomys.

Classification[edit]

The complete list of species is:

Based on mitochondrial DNA, A. pomo and A. albipes are more closely related to one another than either are to A. longicaudus.[1][2] This is in contrast to previous suggestions of A. albipes being the most basal species in the genus.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bellinger, R., S. Haig, E. Forsman, and T. Mullins. 2005. Taxonomic relationships among Phenacomys voles endemic to western United States. Journal of Mammalogy, 86:201-210.
  2. ^ Blois, J. L. and B. S. Arbogast. 2006. Conservation genetics of the Sonoma Tree Vole (Arborimus pomo) based on mitochondrial and amplified fragment length polymorphism markers. Journal of Mammalogy, 87:950-960.
  3. ^ Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

"Arborimus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.