Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Chionomys > Species: Chionomys nivalis

Snow vole - Chionomys nivalis (Martins, 1842)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
Natura 2000 species code 5603


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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

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

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Arvicola delle nevi Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Campagnol des neiges French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Havasi pocok Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kar faresi Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lumehiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lummimyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
nornik sniezny Polish Polish NRC
Schneemaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sneeuwmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snemus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sniega strupaste Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snösork Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snow vole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snømarkmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Topillo nival Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Microtus nivalis Lataste, 1884
Arvicola nivalis Martins, 1842
Hypudaeus alpinus Wagner, 1843
Hypudaeus nivicola Schinz, 1845
Hypudaeus petrophilus Wagner, 1853
Arvicola lebrunii Crespon, 1844
Arvicola leucurus Gerbe, 1852
Microtus ulpius Miller, 1908
Microtus pontius Miller, 1908
Microtus hermonis Miller, 1908
Microtus (Chionomys) radnensis Ehik, 1942

Other resources

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EoL Encyclopedia of Life
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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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