Karyological and dental identification of Microtus limnophilus in a large focus of alveolar echinococcosis (Gansu, China)

C R Acad Sci III. 1999 Jun;322(6):473-80. doi: 10.1016/s0764-4469(99)80097-3.


A study of voles (Arvicolidae, Rodentia) from Gansu (China) designed to identify a potential host of Echinococcus multilocularis, responsible for human alveolar echinococcosis, leads to a general analysis of Microtus limnophilus population karyotypes, M1 of M. oeconomus populations from all of Eurasia and of M. limnophilus of Mongolia. The Microtus of Gansu belonging to the nominal subspecies M. limnophilus limnophilus (2n = 38; NF = 58) differs markedly in size and shape of M1 from the M. limnophilus of Mongolia, which must therefore be considered as a new subspecies M. limnophilus of malygini nov. ssp. (2n = 38; NF = 60) and the M. oeconomus of Mongolia should be ranked as M. oeconomus kharanurensis nov. ssp. (2n = 30; NF = 60).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arvicolinae / anatomy & histology
  • Arvicolinae / classification*
  • Arvicolinae / genetics*
  • China
  • Disease Reservoirs
  • Echinococcosis / epidemiology*
  • Echinococcosis / parasitology
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Humans
  • Karyotyping*
  • Lung Diseases, Parasitic / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Molar / anatomy & histology*
  • Pulmonary Alveoli