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SPECIES Microtus (Terricola) savii

Author:de Selys-Longchamps, 1838.
Citation:Rev. Zool. Paris: 248.
Common Name:Saviís Pine Vole
Type Locality:Italy, near Pisa.
Distribution:Italian peninsula (except NE and Calabrian Peninsulan in the south) and Sicily (Amori et al., 1999; Cerone and Aloise, 1994; Cresti et al., 1994; Paolucci et al., 1993), South Tessin in S Switzerland (Hausser, 1995), and marginally in SE France; thought to occur on Elba but that record is unconfirmed; sea level to 2000 m (Cheylan, 1991).
Status:IUCN Ė Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Terricola, savii species group (Chaline et al., 1988; Zagorodnyuk, 1990). Revised by Contoli (2003) and Krapp and Winking (1976) and reviewed by Corbet (1978c, 1984), Krapp (1982c), and Mitchell Jones et al. (1999). Chromosomal data consolidated by Zima and Kral (1984a); karyology of Italian samples documented by Galleni et al. (1992, 1994, 1998). Closely related to the living M. brachycercus on the Calabrian Peninsula (see species account) and two extinct species: M. henseli from Sardinia and Corsica (Brunet-Lecomte and Chaline, 1991; Krapp, 1982c) and M. melitensis from Malta (Brunet-Lecomte and Chaline, 1991; Burgio and Kotsakis, 1986).
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Synonyms:

    nebrodensis Mina-Palumbo, 1868
    niethammericus Contoli, 2003
    selysii (Gerbe, 1852)
    tolfetanus Contoli, 2003

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