Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Microtus > Species: Microtus arvalis

Common vole - Microtus arvalis (Pallas, 1778)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
  • urban
Natura 2000 species code 5721

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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
Akurstúfa Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Arvicola campestre Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Campagnol des champs French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Common vole English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Fältsork Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Feldmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Feldmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hraboš polní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kenttämyyrä Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lauku strupaste Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mezei pocok Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Põld-uruhiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Poljska voluharica Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Poljska voluharica Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Polnik Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sydmarkmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sørmarkmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Topillo campesino Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Veldmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus arvalis Pallas, 1779
Lemmus fulvus Geoffroy, 1803
Arvicola vulgaris Desmarest, 1822
Arvicola arvensis Schinz, 1840
Arvicola arvalis de Sélys-Longchamps, 1841
Arvicola cunicularius Ray, 1847
Arvicola campestris Blasius, 1853
Arvicola incertus de Selys-Longchamps, 1841
Microtus incertus Major, 1905
Pitymys incertus Trouessart, 1910
Microtus asturianus Miller, 1908
Microtus orcadensis Millais, 1904
Microtus sandayensis Miller, 1908
Microtus sarnius Miller, 1909

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 National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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