Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Arvicola > Species: Arvicola sapidus > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Arvicola sapidus sapidus Miller, 1908 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Arvicola sapidus tenebricus Miller, 1908 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Southern water vole - Arvicola sapidus Miller, 1908

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Vulnerable (IUCN)
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 5560

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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

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES4240012 Spain Rebollar de Navalpotro Map

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Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Arvicola occidentale Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Campagnol amphibie French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Déli kószapocok Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Karczownik zachodni Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lännenvesimyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rata de agua Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rato-de-água Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Southern water vole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Südwesteuropäische Schermaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Västlig vattensork Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vestlig vånd Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vestlig vandrotte Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
West-Europese woelrat Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zahodni voluhar Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zapadnoeuropski voluhar Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Arvicola tenebricus Miller, 1908
Microtus musiniani Lataste, 1884

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
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ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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