Longclawed mole vole

Prometheomys schaposchnikowi

TAXONOMY

Prometheomys schaposchnikowi Satunin, 1901, Caucasus Mountains, Georgia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 6.5-8.5 in (17-22 cm); weigth 2-3 oz (50-80 g). Upperparts grayish brown, underparts pale gray. Cinnamon tint throughout.

DISTRIBUTION

Caucasus Mountains, in Georgia and Turkey.

HABITAT

Alpine and subalpine meadows. BEHAVIOR

A burrowing, subterranean rodent that throws up heaps of soil, rather like a mole rat. They live in small groups that share a common burrow system.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Stems, shoots, and roots.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Two litters of approximately three young are born each year.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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