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Microtus quasiater

Jalapan Vole

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae

 

Conservation Status: Near Threatened.


Like other tropical voles, Jalapan Voles live in mountain habitat. They are endemic to Mexico, where they live in humid mountain forests and also in fields, orchards, and pastures on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains at elevations of 500 to 2,150 m. There are no significant differences between males and females. Scientists have found nursing females with litters of 1 to 4 (typically, 2) all year, but have noted pregnant females only in fall and winter. This species is closest genetically to Microtus pinetorum, a vole found in the southeastern United States.

Length:
Average: Total Length: 121 mm
Range: Total Length: 111-139 mm

Weight:
Range: 14-37 g

References:

Coues, E., 1874. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 26:191.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Microtus quasiater