Apodemus

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Old World field mice
Temporal range: Late Miocene - Recent
Wood Mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Myomorpha
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Tribe: Apodemurini
Genus: Apodemus
Kaup, 1829
Species

About 20, see text

Apodemus is the genus of Muridae (true mice and rats) which contains the Eurasian field mice. Related to the Ryūkyū spiny rats (Tokudaia) and the prehistoric Rhagamys – and far more distantly to Mus and Malacomys[1] – it includes the following species:

Prehistoric species that have been described from fossil remains include:

  • Apodemus gorafensis (Late Miocene/Early Pliocene of Italy)[verification needed]
  • Apodemus dominans (Kolzoi 1959)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Steppan et al. (2005)

References[edit]

  • Musser, G.G. & Carleton, M.D. (2005): Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference: 894–1531. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Steppan, S.J.; Adkins, R.M.; Spinks, P.Q. & Hale, C. (2005): Multigene phylogeny of the Old World mice, Murinae, reveals distinct geographic lineages and the declining utility of mitochondrial genes compared to nuclear genes. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 37(2): 370–388. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.04.016 PDF fulltext