Apodemus

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Old World field mice
Temporal range: Late Miocene - recent
Apodemus sylvaticus.JPG
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.

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 s. str.[edit]

Alsomys[edit]

Sylvaemus[edit]

Karstomys[edit]

Prehistoric species described from fossil remains include:

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steppan et al. (2005)

Further reading[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