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Microtus miurus (Rodentia: Cricetidae)

F. Russell Cole, Don E. Wilson
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/855.1 75-89 First published online: 26 May 2010


Microtus miurus Osgood, 1901, is a cricetid commonly called the singing vole. An average-sized, short-tailed vole, it is 1 of 62 species in the genus Microtus. It occurs in northwestern Canada and Alaska, where it inhabits well-drained tundra and extends into subalpine and alpine regions. It is unique among arvicolines in that it not only hoards underground but also constructs haypiles above ground. It is listed as a species of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Key words
  • Alaska
  • arctic
  • arvicoline
  • Canada
  • cricetid
  • food hoarding
  • haypiles
  • rodent
  • singing vole