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Mus (genus)

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Temporal range: Middle Miocene - Recent, 15–0 Ma
House mouse (Mus musculus)
House mouse (Mus musculus)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Tribe: Murini
Winge, 1887
Genus: Mus
Clerck, 1757
Type species
Mus musculus[1][2]
Linnaeus, 1758

The genus Mus or typical mice refers to a specific genus of muroid rodents, all typically called mice (the adjective "muroid" comes from the word "Muroidea", which is a large superfamily of rodents, including mice, rats, voles, hamsters, gerbils, and many other relatives), though the term can be used for other rodents. They are the only members of the tribe Murini.[3] However, the term mouse can also be applied to species outside of this genus.

Subgenera, species, and subspecies

Mouse of the subgenus Mus

The following is a list of Mus subgenera, species, and subspecies:[4]

Mice and human health


Mice are part of human experimentation. Many of the tests are related to new products that are launched on the market, but they are also required to try new medicines for the cure of chronic and deadly human diseases.

After the outbreak of H5N1 influenza in China in 2006, US scientists discovered that under training, mice could detect carrier birds with this virus, so they would prevent a massive contagion or threat of an epidemic.[7]


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  2. ^ Oldfield, Thomas (1911). "The Mammals of the Tenth Edition of Linnæus; an Attempt to fix the Types of the Genera and the exact Bases and Localities of the Species". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1911 (1): 146. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1911.tb06995.x.
  3. ^ Database, Mammal Diversity (2021-11-06), Mammal Diversity Database, doi:10.5281/zenodo.5651212, retrieved 2021-12-01
  4. ^ "Mus (mouse, genus)". NCBI taxonomy. Bethesda, MD: National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  5. ^ T. Cucchi; A. Orth; J.-C. Auffray; S. Renaud; L. Fabre; J. Catalan; E. Hadjisterkotis; F. Bonhomme; J.-D. Vigne (23 June 2006). "A new endemic species of the subgenus Mus (Rodentia, Mammalia) on the Island of Cyprus". Zootaxa. 1241 (1). Magnolia Press.
  6. ^ Meheretu, Yonas; Šumbera, Radim; Bryja, Josef (2015-02-01). "Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus". Mammalia. 79 (1): 15–23. doi:10.1515/mammalia-2013-0119. ISSN 1864-1547. S2CID 87805083.
  7. ^ "BioEnciclopedia - Animales que detectan enfermedades".