Western mouse

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Western mouse
Pseudomys occidentalis.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Pseudomys
Species: P. occidentalis
Binomial name
Pseudomys occidentalis
Tate, 1951

The western mouse (Pseudomys occidentalis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. Its Australian Aborigine name is Walyadji. It is found only in Australia.

This mouse is roughly 10 centimeters long, not counting its tail, which may be up to 14 centimeters in length. It weighs an average of 34 grams. It has a soft, fine, dark gray and buff pelage with black guard hairs. The feet are white.[1]

This mouse lives in loamy soils in areas that have not been burnt recently. The terrain has dense vegetation, especially desert quandong (Santalum acuminatum) and sedges.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pseudomys occidentalis. Western Australia Government.

References[edit]

  • Baillie, J. 1996. Pseudomys occidentalis. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 September 2011.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.