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2011-08-25 10:38:22

  Why different species have dissimilar sets of chromosomes? Why the differentiated species often conserve apparently identical chromosome complements? Furthermore, why, while chromosome rearrangements can considerably change the course of species evolution, certain variation among individuals and populations of some species persists indefinitely? Such questions motivate researchers to compare chromosomes in closely related species. To understand the nature of chromosome changes in...

2010-10-14 15:02:01

Surprising TAU research finds common stress levels in social groups Anxiety, or the reaction to a perceived danger, is a response that differs from one animal or human to another "” or so scientists thought. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University  are challenging what we know about stress, and their study has implications for helping clinicians better treat victims of terrorism or natural disasters. Prof. David Eilam and his graduate student Rony Izhar of Tel Aviv University's...

2009-09-03 11:51:47

U.S. primate researchers say they've used prairie voles as models in understanding early life parent-offspring nurturing impacts on later life relationships. Yerkes National Primate Research Center scientists at Emory University said by influencing early social experience in prairie voles, they have gained greater insight into what aspects of early social experience drive diversity in adult social behavior. Prairie voles are small, highly social, hamster-sized rodents that often form stable,...

2008-01-28 16:27:24

Forgetful Casanovas are lucky in love. At least that's how University of Florida researchers interpret the results of new research on the mating habits and nervous systems of prairie voles. An article about the research, which examined both the voles' behavior and their brains, appears in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prairie voles, aka Microtus ochrogaster, are common native rodents in the central U.S. and southern Canada. Because they mate for...

Latest Microtus Reference Libraries

Günther's Vole, Microtus guentheri
2012-08-05 21:09:44

Günther's vole (Microtus guentheri) can be found in many areas including Iran, Bulgaria, Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey, among other areas. It is able to thrive in many habitats, including agriculatal lands and artificial habitats, and at many elevations, depending on the area it inhabits. However, it is fragmented across its range, and populations do fluctuate in some areas. Günther's vole does not have any major threats, but in Libya, the population there is nearing extinction. Because of...

Field Vole, Microtus agrestis
2012-08-05 21:06:26

The field vole (Microtus agrestis) is native to Europe, inhabiting a large range that includes Poland, France, Germany, and Belgium, among many other areas. It is not found in Ireland or in Iceland. It prefers a habitat within moist grasslands, like marshes and woodlands and along riverbanks. The population density of the field vole will fluctuate throughout a four-year period. The field vole will dig burrows underground, but it most commonly builds nests on the surface. It reaches an...

Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of 1.7 ounces and females weighing 1.4 ounces if not pregnant. It will inhabit home ranges of up to .3...

Long-tailed Vole, Microtus longicaudus
2012-08-03 15:54:58

The long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus) is native to North America. Its range stretches from Alaska to California where it inhabits shrub lands and alpine meadows. It holds one subspecies, the Coronation Island vole, which was previously thought to be a distinct species. The long-tailed vole can reach an average body length of seven inches, with an average weight of 1.7 ounces. The fur is typically greyish brown in color, and pale grey on the underbelly. These voles are active...

California Vole, Microtus californicus
2012-04-26 12:34:46

The California vole (Microtus californicus) can be found throughout California, and in certain parts of Oregon. Another name for this vole is the California meadow mouse. It is not found in most of the desert regions of California or in the northwestern corners. It prefers to live in the dry uplands of the savannah and marshlands. There are seventeen subspecies of this vole. The California vole is typical in appearance to its species. It is medium sized, and can reach a body length of up...

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