Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Arvicolinae
Genus : Microtus
Animals in the genus Microtus
Facts about the genus Microtus, the meadow voles
A cladistic analysis of dental characters for select subgenera of Microtus is presented, and a revised classification is offered.
Another easily identifiable sign of meadow voles is an elaborate system of one to two inch wide surface runways, which may be lined with grass clippings, along with many burrows.
Description Meadow voles are brown, herbivorous rodents that are 5 to 7 inches long.
Meadow voles are listed as feeding on grasses, sedges, seeds, grain, bark, and some insect parts.
Meadow voles are most active above the ground, as evidenced by surface trails often littered with droppings and grass cuttings in the ground vegetation where they live (fig.
Meadow Voles are most active at night during the Summer, and during the day if its Winter.
Microtus is a 'pest' (an unwanted organism) that can be controlled through the use of pesticides.
The arrow points to the entrance to underground runway system Damage identification Signs of prairie and meadow voles are found mostly above ground (see above).
The genusa microtus is dirived from Greek micro (small) and otus (ear); while, the species name is dirived from Pennsylvania, the state which the species was first described *PA7475:05*.
The increased food intake and small changes to gastrointestinal morphology during times of increased energy demands suggest that meadow voles are able to meet their energy needs primarily through increased food intake, and therefore more energetically expensive gastrointestinal changes are minimized.
The most common form of tree injury caused by meadow voles is trunk girdling at or near the ground surface.
Development of meadow voles is influenced postnatally by maternal photoperiodic history -- Lee 265 (4): 749 -- AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology (Full text)
In the present study, strains from Microtus-related plague foci, belonging to biovar mediaevalis according to the traditional biovar assignment, are proposed to constitute a new biovar, microtus (Microtus is the name of a rodent genus that belongs to order Rodentia and family Muridae), on the basis of their unique pathogenic, biochemical, and molecular features. (Full text)
The list of crops that are damaged by meadow voles is long and includes root and stem crops (asparagus, kohlrabi), tubers, leaf and leafstalks, immature inflorescent vegetables (artichoke, broccoli), low-growing fruits (beans, squash), the bark of fruit trees, pasture, grassland, hay, and grains . (Full text)
The typical habitat for meadow voles is a grassy meadow, particularly in places where the grasses grow in clumps. (Full text)
Meadow voles are usually seen running and can reach speeds up to 5 to 6 miles per hour! (Full text)
Main Entry: microtus microtus is one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged. (Full text)
Meadow voles are most active above the ground, as evidenced by surface trails often littered with droppings and grass cuttings in the ground vegetation where they live. (Full text)
microtus is not a member of any public groups (Full text)