Off topic - Mouse ID
clive herbert <>
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:40:43 +0100
The correct specific name for the House Mouse that we have in Britain is Mus
domesticus not Mus musculus. Originally the introduced House Mouse in Western
Europe (including Britain) was regarded as one variable species Mus musculus.
Several species have now been recognised, including M. spretis (Iberia), M.
domesticus (rest of western Europe) and M. musculus (eastern Europe) which meet
but scarcely interbreed along a line from Denmark to the Dalmatian coast. All
of the lab mice etc are from M. domesticus. Assuming that the introduced
population present in Australia will most likely to have originated from the
UK, rather than mainland Europe, then your species should now be called M.
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> Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:30:32 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Off topic - Mouse ID
> Thanks to all the people who responded to my request - nearly universally
> the mouse was identified as a plain old house mouse, Mus Musculus.
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