Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Arvicola > Species: Arvicola amphibius

Water vole - Arvicola amphibius Blasius, 1858

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 5559

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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
Arvicola terrestre Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Arvikola Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Campagnol terrestre French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hryzec vodní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hryzec vodný Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Karczownik ziemnowodny Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges kószapocok Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mosegris Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mügri Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rata topera Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rato-dos-lameiros Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Schermaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vånd Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vandrotte Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vatnsnarta Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vattensork Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Veliki voluhar Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vesimyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vodeni voluhar Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Water vole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Woelrat Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Wullmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Arvicola terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other resources

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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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