Sci Total Environ. Mar 1;() Epub Nov The snow vole (Chionomys nivalis) as an appropriate environmental bioindicator in alpine. In this study we provide more detail insight into phylogenetic status of the Snow vole Chionomys nivalis occurring in the Western Carpathians. PDF | The Snow Vole Chionomys nivalis was recorded for the first time from the Central Elburz and Binaloud Mountains, Iran. The Binaloud.

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Canadian Journal of Zoology. However it is more often found at medium to high altitudes because there is less competition from other animals such as grasshoppers nivalie, the alpine marmot Marmota marmotathe ibex Capru spp. The European snow vole is native to mountainous parts of southern and eastern Europe and southwestern Asia. When suitable petricolic soils occur in forests it is less likely to be plentiful because it faces competition from such mammals as the edible dormouse Glis glis and the garden dormouse Eliomys quercinus.

Its habitat is rocky areas and screesmostly above the tree line. A study of the European snow vole concluded that it was a rock-dwelling specialist.

It digs tunnels with numerous exit holes among rocks and between tree roots. They are aggressive towards other members of their species that they may encounter.


There are usually two litters in a year, with litters of about four range two to seven young being born after a gestation period of three weeks. Mammal Species of the World: Cricetidae occurrence in Portugal”.

Some of these live solitary lives during the summer cihonomys form communal groups in the winter. Kachin red-backed vole E. Views Read Edit View history. When a female meets another female they will often fight but chionkmys a male encounters another male, more investigative behaviour takes place.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis | Natural History Museum of Crete

The young are altricialtheir eyes open after about thirteen days, they are weaned at eighteen days and become independent cchionomys four weeks. Chionomys nivalis Martins, This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Arborimus Tree voles White-footed vole A. White-tailed mountain vole A. Ellobius Mole voles Alai mole vole E. It does not hibernate in wintertime and may take shelter in mountain huts. Northern bog lemming S. Gromov and Polyakov erected the genus Chionomys in and the name Chionomys nivalis is now accepted, although the exact affinities of the species are not fully established.

Chionomys nivalis (European snow vole)

It feeds on the green parts of plants, grasses, buds, shoots and roots, and may sometimes eat insects and their larvae. Fitness consequences of natal dispersal in the snow vole Cjionomys nivalis.

Italian Journal of Zoology. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Eolagurus Yellow steppe lemming E. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. All three species are present in the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains in northeastern Turkey.


European snow vole

choinomys They do not generally breed until the following year and may live for two to four years. Its presence in any location is due to the suitability of the microhabitat chionpmys than the suitability of the temperature. It holds its tail in an upright position when running. Alai mole vole E. Neofiber Round-tailed muskrat N. Dinaromys Balkan snow vole D. This vole is active by night as well as by day and in the summer it is quite easy to spot lying on rocks, especially on sunny days.

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It has a rounded nose, black beady eyes, long whitish whiskers and moderately large ears. Lemmus True lemmings Amur lemming L.

European snow vole Conservation status. Males encountering females show intermediate behaviours. Males have rather larger, overlapping ranges, and are more socially tolerant.

Its voice is a squeak and its teeth can sometimes be heard chattering. Prometheomys Long-clawed mole vole P. Long-clawed mole vole P.