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Temporal range: Late Miocene to Recent
Micromys minutus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Micromys
Dehne, 1841
Type species
Micromys agilis
Dehne, 1841

(= Mus minutus Pallas, 1771)


and various fossil species

Micromys is a genus of small rodents in the subfamily Murinae. The genus, which is not closely related to any other murine genus,[1] contains two living species: the widespread Eurasian harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) of much of Europe and Asia; and the more restricted Micromys erythrotis of Vietnam, southern China, and perhaps nearby regions.[2] Fossils of Micromys date back to the Late Miocene and include at least 10 extinct species, which form several lineages.[3]


Literature cited[edit]

  • Abramov, A.V.; Meschersky, I.G.; Rozhnov, V.V. (2009). "On the taxonomic status of the harvest mouse Micromys minutus (Rodentia: Muridae) from Vietnam". Zootaxa 2199: 58–68. 
  • Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0.