Microtus californicus scirpensis Bailey, 1900:38

Amargosa vole



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Microtus scirpensis Bailey, 1900:38


Conservation Status

Rediscovered between 1976 and 1979



California, USA


Biology & Ecology




Type locality ‘‘Amargosa River (near Nevada line), Inyo County, Calif[ornia].’






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CDFG. (2012). “Microtus californicus scirpensis.” Element Occurrence Query. California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB). RareFind, Version 4.0 (Commercial Subscription). Sacramento, California: CDFG, Biogeographic Data Branch. Accessed February 2012.

Cudworth, Nichole L. and Koprowski, John L. (2010). Microtus californicus (Rodentia: Cricetidae). Mammalian Species 42(868): 230-243.

GILL, A. E., AND K. BOLLES. 1982. A heritable tooth trait varying in two subspecies of Microtus californicus (Rodentia: Cricetidae). Journal of Mammalogy 63: 96-103.

Krohn, Alexander R. et al. (2017). Conservation genomics of desert dwelling California voles (Microtus californicus) and implications for management of endangered Amargosa voles (Microtus californicus scirpensis). Conservation Genetics. doi:10.1007/s10592-017-1010-2 [Abstract]

McClenaghan, L.R., and S.J. Montgomery. 1998. Draft Report: Distribution and Abundance of the Amargosa Vole (Microtus Californicus Scirpensis). Submitted to the California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, California.

Neuwald, J.L. 2010. “Population Isolation Exacerbates Conservation Genetic Concerns in the Endangered Amargosa Vole, Microtis Californicus Scirpus.” Biological Conservation 143: 2028-2038.

NOWAK, R. M. 1976. Our American wildlife: 1776–1976. National Parks and Conservation Magazine: The Environmental Journal 50:14–18.

USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). 1997. Amargosa Vole (Microtus Californicus Scirpensis) Recovery Plan. Portland, Oregon: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region One. September 1997.

USFWS. 2009. Amargosa Vole (Microtus Californicus Scirpensis) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation. Ventura, California: Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office. January 2009.


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