Lagurus (rodent)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent
Lagurus lagurus.jpg
Steppe lemming (Lagurus lagurus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Lagurus
Gloger, 1841
Type species
Mus lagurus
Pallas, 1773

See text.

Lagurus is a genus in the subfamily Arvicolinae (voles, lemmings, and related species). Lagurus includes a single living species, the steppe lemming (Lagurus lagurus) of central Eurasia.[1] The North American sagebrush vole (Lemmiscus curtatus) has also been included in Lagurus, but is likely not closely related.[2] The earliest fossils of Lagurus, allocated to Lagurus arankae, appear in the Late Pliocene. Two other fossil species, Lagurus pannonicus and Lagurus transiens, are thought to be part of a lineage that led to the living steppe lemming.[3]


  1. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005, p. 983
  2. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005, p. 985
  3. ^ Chaline et al., 1999, pp. 251–252; McKenna and Bell, 1997, p. 153

Literature cited[edit]

  • Chaline, J., Brunet-Lecomte, P., Montuire, S., Viriot, L. and Courant, F. 1999. Anatomy of the arvicoline radiation (Rodentia): palaeogeographical, palaeocological history and evolutionary data. Annales Zoologici Fennici 36:239–267.
  • McKenna, M.C. and Bell, S.K. 1997. Classification of Mammals: Above the species level. New York: Columbia University Press, 631 pp. ISBN 978-0-231-11013-6
  • Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894–1531 in Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference. 3rd ed. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols., 2142 pp. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0