Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Lemmus > Species: Lemmus lemmus

Norway lemming - Lemmus lemmus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
May also occur in
  • sparsely vegetated land

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Berglemming Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Berglemming German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Fjällämmel Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kalnu lemings Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges lemming Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lemen Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Léming de tundra Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Leming-da-tundra Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lemingu Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lemming Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lemming comune Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lemming des toundras French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lumík Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lumík norský Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Læmingi Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norra lemming Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norveginis lemingas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Norway lemming English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Planinski leming Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Skandinavski leming Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tunturisopuli Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus lemus Linnaeus, 1758
Lemus borealis Nilsson, 1820
Lemus norvegicus Desmarest, 1822
Lemus migratorius Illiger, 1815
Lemus irerator Gistel, 1850

Other resources

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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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