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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They are aggressive towards other members of their species that they may encounter. Bavarian pine vole M. The head and body length is 4. Ellobius Mole voles Alai mole vole E. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Duke of Bedford’s vole P. The researchers showed that reproductive females and juveniles preferentially used the central parts of scree areas, especially in the vicinity of scree junipers Juniperus communiswhereas males and non-reproductive females were less discriminating and occupied rocky habitat in proportion to its availability.

Schelkovnikov’s pine vole M. Extant species of subfamily Arvicolinae. Lemmus True lemmings Amur chionomyys L. Nivalks snow vole C. Italian Journal of Zoology.

The comparatively long tail is whitish and clad in chiobomys, sparse hairs.

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Alai mole vole E. Chionomys nivalis Martins, Arvicola nivalis Nvalis Western heather vole P. Views Read Edit View history. Some of these live solitary lives during the summer and form communal groups in the winter.


It does not hibernate in wintertime and may take shelter in mountain huts. Prometheomys Long-clawed mole vole P. These behaviours are probably related to the competition necessary to find enough food in the snow voles’ challenging environment, and is in contrast to some other vole species living in more temperate climates. Dinaromys Balkan snow vole D. Fitness consequences of natal dispersal in the snow vole Chionomys nivalis.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis

Northern bog lemming S. Neofiber Round-tailed muskrat N. It feeds on the green parts of plants, grasses, buds, shoots and roots, and may sometimes eat insects and their larvae. The European nivalie vole has soft, long, dense fur that is pale grey tinged with brown. However, if they do fight, it will be a more intense battle. All three species are present in the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains in northeastern Turkey.

Chionomys nivalis (European snow vole)

In the summer it gathers bits of grass and leaves, leaving them to dry in the sun before storing xhionomys in underground chambers for winter use as food. International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Its presence in any location is due to the suitability of the microhabitat rather than the suitability of the temperature. Males encountering females show intermediate behaviours.

European water vole A. Males have rather larger, overlapping ranges, and are more socially tolerant. Mammal Species of the World: The European snow vole was first described by Martins in as Arvicola nivalis.


A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. It chioomys its tail in an upright position when running. 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.

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

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The European snow vole is native to mountainous parts of southern chiobomys eastern Europe and southwestern Asia.

Lawrence Island Collared Lemming D. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. It digs tunnels with numerous exit holes among rocks and between tree roots.

Arvicola Water voles European water vole A. Kachin red-backed vole E. Cricetidae occurrence in Portugal”. Yellow steppe lemming E. This is because, despite its rather fragmented range, it is common in some suitable habitats, its population trend seems stable and it does not seem to be facing any particular threats.