Distribution and taxonomic status of the genus Microtus (Mammalia : Rodentia) in Southeastern Turkey

Colak E., Yigit N., Sozen M., Ozkurt S.

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.43, no.4, pp.391-396, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Title of Journal : ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.391-396


We examined morphological, external, cranial, and karyological characters of 78 specimens belonging to the genus Microtus from Southeastern Turkey (Maras, Kills, Gaziantep, and Hatay). M. guentheri has a karyotype of 2n = 54, while M. irani has 2n = 46. Karyotype and dorsal coloration are diagnostic characters distinguishing M. guentheri from M. irani. We found no evidence for the existence of M. socialis in Southeastern Turkey.