Apodemus

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Apodemus
Temporal range: Late Miocene - recent
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Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
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.

Taxonomy[edit]

Related to the Ryūkyū spiny rats (Tokudaia) and the prehistoric Rhagamys – and far more distantly to Mus and Malacomys[1] – it includes these species:

Apodemus sensu stricto[edit]

Alsomys[edit]

Sylvaemus[edit]

Karstomys [edit]

Prehistoric species described from fossil remains include:

  • A. gorafensis (Late Miocene/Early Pliocene of Italy)[2]
  • A. dominans (Kolzoi 1959)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steppan et al. (2005)
  2. ^ Alexandra van der Geer, George Lyras, John de Vos, Michael Dermitzakis (2011). Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781444391282. 

Further reading[edit]