Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Microtus > Species: Microtus oeconomus > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Microtus oeconomus arenicola (de Sélys-Longchamps, 1839)
Microtus oeconomus mehelyi Ehik, 1928 Ellerman J R and Morrison-Scott T C S. (1966)
Microtus oeconomus finmarchicus Siivonen, 1967 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Microtus oeconomus medius (Nilsson, 1844) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Microtus oeconomus oeconomus (Pallas, 1776) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Microtus oeconomus petschorae Ognev, 1944 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Microtus oeconomus ratticeps (Keyserling & Blasius, 1841) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Microtus oeconomus stimmingi (Nehring, 1899) Fauna Europaea (2005)

Root vole - Microtus oeconomus (Pallas, 1776)

Images from the web

Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 2611


The distribution map is currently disabled. A new map solution will soon become available. In the meantime, please consult other species distribution map providers listed in the Other resources panel below.

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

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (Microtus ratticeps)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Arvicola del Nord Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Campagnol nordique French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Északi pocok Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Fjellrotte Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Flökkustúfa Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hraboš hospodárný Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hraboš severský Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lapinmyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Markrotte Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mellansork Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noordse woelmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Nordische Wühlmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Root vole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Soo-uruhiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Topillo nórdico Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus oeconomus Pallas, 1776
Arvicola ratticeps Keyserling & Blasius, 1841
Arvicola ouralensis Poliakov, 1881
Microtus tschuktschorum Miller, 1899
Microtus malcolmi Thomas, 1911
Microtus koreni Allen, 1914
Microtus uchidae Kuroda, 1924
Microtus ratticeps altaicus Ognev, 1944
Lemus medius Nilsson, 1844
Arvicola operarius Nelson, 1893
Microtus ratticeps (Keyserling and Blasius, 1841)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100