Japanese red-backed vole

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Japanese red-backed vole
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Myodes
Species: M. andersoni
Binomial name
Myodes andersoni
(Thomas, 1905)

The Japanese red-backed vole or Wakayama red-backed vole or Anderson's red-backed vole (Myodes andersoni) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found only on the island of Honshu in Japan. It was first described by the British zoologist Oldfield Thomas in 1905. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists it as "least concern".[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Japanese red-backed vole is endemic to the island of Honshu in Japan and occurs in the Chūbu region, the Hokuriku region and in the more northerly parts of the island, and also in the Kii Peninsula. It is mostly found at altitudes of over 400 metres (1,300 ft) but below the alpine zone. It typically occurs in rocky areas and around rivers, as well as in banks, dykes and stone walls in agricultural areas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kaneko, Y. & Ishii, N. (2008). "Myodes andersoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 December 2014.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  • 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.