AnAge entry for Microtus pennsylvanicus

Classification (HAGRID: 02529)

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Cricetidae
                    Genus: Microtus
Microtus pennsylvanicus
Common name
Meadow vole
Microtus nesophilus, Microtus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus, Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli, Microtus pennsylvanicus chihuahuensis, Microtus admiraltiae, Arvicola alborufescens, Microtus aphorodemus, Arvicola dekayi, Microtus enixus, Microtus fontigenus, Arvicola fulva, Arvicola hirsutus, Arvicola insperatus, Microtus insularis, Arvicola nasuta, Lemmus noveboracensis, Arvicola oneida, Arvicola palustris, Mynomes pratensis, Microtus provectus, Arvicola riparius, Arvicola rufescens, Arvicola rufidorsum, Arvicola terraenovae, Arvicola drummondii, Microtus pennsylvanicus acadicus, Microtus pennsylvanicus alcorni, Microtus pennsylvanicus arcticus, Microtus pennsylvanicus copelandi, Microtus pennsylvanicus finitus, Microtus pennsylvanicus funebris, Microtus montanus kincaidi, Microtus pennsylvanicus labradorius, Arvicola riparia longipilis, Microtus pennsylvanicus magdalenensis, Microtus pennsylvanicus pullatus, Microtus pennsylvanicus rubidus, Microtus pennsilvanicus shattucki

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
Not yet established

Little is known about the longevity of these animals, though they have been estimated to live up to 3.9 years [0511].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
29 days
Male sexual maturity
37 days
21 days
14 days
Litter size
5.5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
21 days
Weight at birth
2.46 g
Weight at weaning
11.52 g
Adult weight
49 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0397 days-1 (from Gompertz function)


Typical body temperature
312ºK or 38.5ºC or 101.3ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.4280 W
Body mass
38.2 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.011204 W/g


External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 180297
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 10058
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