Skomer vole

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Skomer vole
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Myodes
Species: M. glareolus
Subspecies: M. g. skomerensis
Trinomial name
Myodes glareolus skomerensis
(Barrett-Hamilton, 1903)

The Skomer vole (Myodes glareolus skomerensis) is a subspecies of bank vole endemic to the island of Skomer, off the west coast of Wales. The bank vole was probably introduced by humans at some time after the last glaciation. It is one of four small mammal species on Skomer. There are approximately 20,000 voles on the island.[1] The vole's main predators are owls, but it is also eaten by other predators, including common kestrel, common buzzard and peregrine falcon.[1] Like other voles they are short-lived, surviving to around 18 months old at most. At their largest they are roughly 12 centimetres (4.7 in) long and weigh a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 oz).[2]

Discoverer[edit]

The Skomer vole was discovered by Robert Drane (d.1914), a pharmacist from Swansea who was a founding member of the Cardiff Naturalists Society in 1867, and at sometime its president, was an authority on porcelain and was honorary curator of Cardiff Museum.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skomer Vole". BBC Wales. May 24, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Skomer Vole (Myodes glareolus skomerensis). Storm-crow.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-12-27.
  3. ^ Glamorgan Record Office, GB214 DX89: PAPERS OF ROBERT DRANE OF CARDIFF; 1894-1914, 1927 [1]