Balkan Snow Vole

Balkan Snow Vole
Temporal range: Early Pleistocene to Recent
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Tribe: Pliomyini
Kretzoi, 1955
Genus: Dinaromys
Kretzoi, 1955
Species: D. bogdanovi
Binomial name
Dinaromys bogdanovi
(Martino, 1922)
Subspecies

D. b. bogdanovi
D. b. coeruleus
D. b. grebenscikovi
D. b. korabensis
D. b. longipedis
D. b. marakovici
D. b. preniensis
D. b. trebevicensis

The Balkan Snow Vole, Dinaromys bogdanovi, also known as Martino's Snow Vole is the only member of the genus Dinaromys. Eight subspecies of this vole have been recognized from southern parts of Europe. The genus name means "Dinaric mouse", referring to the Dinaric Alps. The Balkan Snow Vole is a living fossil, the only living genus in the tribe Pliomyini and might arguably better be placed in Pliomys, a genus established for its fossil relatives even before the Balkan Snow Vole was scientifically described.

References

  1. ^ Kryštufek, B. (2008). Dinaromys bogdanovi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 May 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.

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