Florida Salt Marsh vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The Florida salt marsh vole is a small (178 to 198 millimeters in total length), short-tailed rodent with a blunt head and short ears. Its fur is black-brown dorsally and dark gray ventrally. It is closely related to the meadow vole (M. p. pennsylvanicus) but can be distinguished by its larger size, darker coloration, relatively small ears, and by certain skull characteristics.

  • States/US Territories in which the Florida Salt Marsh vole, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida
  • US Counties in which the Florida Salt Marsh vole, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Florida Salt Marsh vole, Wherever found is known to occur:  Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Additional species information
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1991-01-14 Southeast Region (Region 4) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
1991-01-14 00:00:00.0 56 FR 1457 1459 ETWP; Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli (Florida Salt Marsh Vole) Listed as Endangered; 56 FR 1457 1459
2014-09-23 00:00:00.0 79 FR 56821 56823 5-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
2007-04-26 00:00:00.0 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
1997-09-30 Recovery Plan for the Florida Salt Marsh Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2007-04-26 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
2014-09-23 79 FR 56821 56823 5-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
2008-06-05 Florida Salt Marsh Vole 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Florida Salt Marsh vole.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Florida Salt Marsh vole.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The Florida salt marsh vole lives in periodically flooded high salt marsh zone where it is believed to survive high tides and storm flooding by climbing vegetation and swimming. It appears to be most common in areas vegetated by seashore saltgrass (Distichlis spicata).

Food Habits

Like most species of Microtus, it probably feeds mainly on green plant materials, especially grasses.

Movement / Home Range

The Florida salt marsh vole is known only from one site at Waccasassa Bay in Levy County, Florida, where it appears to exist in low numbers and has a very restricted range. Any natural or human-caused adverse impact to this species could result in its extinction.

Other

The Florida salt marsh vole is believed to represent a relict population of the widespread meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) which was much more widespread in Florida during the Pleistocene. The range of the species in Florida is believed to have been greatly reduced as climatic change resulted in vegetational changes from grassland to forest in Florida. The current restricted population is threatened by storm surges association with hurricanes and tropical storms, the loss of coastal marshes due to flooding from rising sea level, and potentially by any human-caused alterations that might be proposed for these salt marshes.

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