Saturday, 12 April 2008

House Mouse (Mus musculus)

OTHER NAMES: Common House Mouse 
Latin Etymology: Mus ("mouse") musculus ("little mouse")
Adult House Mouse (subspecies M. m. domesticus) at Geddington, Northants - November 2016

Featured Subspecies: Mus musculus domesticus
Weight: 40-45g
Length: 12.5-20cm
IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

Perhaps of all vertebrates, the single species which has benefited most from humans - historically they are believed to have originated in Asia, but have followed humans to almost every location on earth.  They are adaptable omnivores, and given their fast reproductive cycle natural selection can change them quite drastically in a comparatively short amount of generations.  They are considered pests as they will damage human property although they are also the species from which domestic mice have descended.

Related Species:
Order: Rodentia 
Family: Muridae 
Genus: Mus 
SUBSPECIES: M. m. castaneus, M. m. domesticus, M. m. musculus, M. m. bactrianus, M. m. gentilulus

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A very common resident, particularly in human inhabited areas though proportionately rarely seen
 Seen at various sites including Geddington and numerous locations in London

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum Opus, BirdGuides, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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