AnAge entry for Microtus arvalis

Classification (HAGRID: 02523)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Cricetidae
                    Genus: Microtus
Species
Microtus arvalis
Common name
Common vole
Synonyms
Microtus obscurus, Arvicola arvensis, Microtus angularis, Microtus asturianus, Microtus brevirostris, Arvicola campestris, Arvicola cunicularius, Lemmus fulvus, Microtus hyrcania, Arvicola incertus, Arvicola mystacinus, Hypudaeus obscurus, Microtus orcadensis, Microtus sarnius, Microtus terrestris, Arvicola vulgaris, Mus arvalis albus, Arvicola arvalis assimilis, Arvicola arvalis ater, Microtus arvalis calypsus, Microtus arvalis cimbricus, Arvicola arvalis contigua, Arvicola arvalis depressa, Arvicola arvalis duplicatus, Arvicola arvalis flava, Arvicola arvalis fulva, Arvicola arvalis galliardi, Microtus arvalis gudauricus, Microtus arvalis hawelkae, Microtus arvalis incognitus, Microtus arvalis iphigeniae, Microtus arvalis khorkoutensis, Microtus arvalis macrocranius, Microtus arvalis meridianus, Arvicola arvalis principalis, Microtus orcadensis ronaldshaiensis, Microtus orcadensis rousiensis, Microtus orcadensis sandayensis, Arvicola arvalis simplex, Microtus arvalis transcaucasicus

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
4.8 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

Voles, in general, are short-lived and show seasonal population crashes, probably due to lack of food. One captive specimen lived 4.8 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
38 days
Male sexual maturity
56 days
Gestation
21 days
Weaning
20 days
Litter size
5.1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
5.5
Inter-litter interval
20 days
Weight at birth
1.85 g
Weight at weaning
8.9 g
Adult weight
27.5 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0561 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
59%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
310ºK or 37.0ºC or 98.6ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.3430 W
Body mass
21.9 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.015662 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 632856
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 47230
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