IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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Range Description

Microtus guentheri occurs from the south-east Balkans and Turkey through Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, with an isolated range segment in northern Libya. Within Europe, it has a discontinuous range in southern Serbia (Serbia and Montenegro), F. Y. R. Macedonia, parts of southern and eastern Greece, southern Bulgaria, and Turkish Thrace, and has been recorded from 150 m to 500 m above sea level (Krytufek 1999, Shenbrot and Krasnov 2005). The relict population occurring in the Cyrenaican Plateau of Libya is found at altitudes of up to 1,500 m, and is considered by some authors to be a separate species M. mustersi. For the current assessment M. mustersi is considered part of Microtus guentheri.

Taxonomic difficulties with this species mean the geographic distribution needs further work and should be considered as provisional at this stage.


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