Saturday, 28 April 2007

European Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius)

Adult Water Vole (subspecies A. a. amphibius) at Rainham Marshes, London - July 2010

OTHER NAMES: Water Vole, Water Rat
Featured Subspecies:
Arvicola amphibius amphibius
Weight: 200-350g
Length: 33cm

Also (incorrectly) named the Water Rat, and thus star of the famous novel "Wind in the Willows", the Water Vole is a reasonably large rodent which lives, as its name suggests, along bodies of water. They live in burrows near ditches ponds and streams or occasionally in nests in reed beds. They unfortunately dramatically declining, in part because of the introduction of American Mink, but also habitat loss.

Related Species:
Order: Rodentia 

Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Arvicola 
SUBSPECIES: A. a. amphibius, A. a. hintoni, A. a. illyricus, A. a. italicus, A. a. jacutensis, A. a. jenissijensis, A. a. kuznetzovi, A. a. martinoi, A. a. meridionalis, A. a. musignani, A. a. ognevi, A. a. persicus, A. a. reta, A. a. stankovici, A. a. tauricus, A. a. terrestris

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - An uncommon resident
 - Seen on several occassions at Rainham Marshes.

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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