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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In the summer breeding season, female European snow voles have mutually exclusive territories and display considerable aggression towards other chionimys of their own species when they meet near the territorial boundaries.

European snow vole

However, if they do fight, it will be a more intense battle. The European snow vole or snow vole Chionomys nivalispreviously Arvicola nivalis and Microtus nivalis is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. 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.

Caucasian snow vole C. The head and body length is 4. Alai mole vole E.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat International Union for Conservation of Nature. This is because, despite its rather fragmented range, it mivalis common in some suitable habitats, its population trend seems stable and it does not seem to be facing any particular threats.

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

Eolagurus Yellow nialis lemming E. 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.

When a female meets another female they will often fight but when a male encounters another male, more investigative behaviour takes place. The European snow vole is native to mountainous parts of southern and eastern Europe and southwestern Asia. European water vole A. Johns Hopkins University Press. It is mainly a solitary animal and lives chiono,ys boulders and in crevices and tunnels among rocks and scree.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis

However it is more often found at medium to high altitudes because there is less competition from other animals such as grasshoppersnivaliss alpine marmot Marmota marmotathe ibex Capru spp. Arvicola Water voles European water vole A. It holds its tail in an upright position when running. Mammal Species of the World: The young are altricialtheir eyes open after about thirteen days, they are weaned at eighteen days and become independent after four weeks.

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The comparatively long tail is whitish and clad in short, sparse hairs. In the summer it gathers bits of grass and leaves, leaving them to dry in the sun before storing them in underground chambers for winter use as food.

Views Read Edit View history. They do not generally breed until the following year and may live for two to four years.

European snow vole – Wikipedia

Chionoyms species of subfamily Arvicolinae. Fitness consequences of natal dispersal in the snow vole Chionomys nivalis. Chionomys nivalis Martins, Arvicola nivalis Martins It does not hibernate in wintertime and may take shelter in mountain huts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed.