Royal vole

Royal vole
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Cricetidae
Subfamily:Arvicolinae
Genus:Myodes
Species:
M. regulus
Binomial name
Myodes regulus
(Thomas, 1907)
Synonyms[2]
  • Craseomys regulus Thomas, 1907

The royal vole (Myodes regulus), also called the Korean red-backed vole,[2] is a species of vole endemic to the Korean Peninsula. It lives underground in a burrow, emerging at night to feed on grasses, seeds and other vegetation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed its conservation status as being of "least concern".

Taxonomy

British zoologist Oldfield Thomas first described the royal vole was in 1907 as Craseomys regulus, the type locality being Mingyong in Korea, 170 km (106 mi) south east of Seoul. It was later transferred to the genus Myodes, becoming Myodes regulus, but many authorities believed it was a subspecies of Myodes rufocanus. It has unrooted molar teeth, a characteristic shared by the very similar Myodes shanseius but not M. rufocanus, and molecular analysis shows that it is a distinct species.[3]

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