The genus Microtus
is a group of voles
found in North America
and northern Europe
. The genus name refers to the small ears of these animals.
These animals live in grassy areas. They are stout rodents with short ears, legs and tails. They eat green vegetation such as grasses and sedges in summer and grains, seeds, roots and bark at other times.
The complete list of species is:Subgenus MicrotusSubgenus TerricolaSubgenus MynomesSubgenus AlexandromysSubgenus StenocraniusSubgenus PitymysSubgenus PedomysSubgenus Hyrcanicola
- Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.