Blue-gray mouse

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Blue-grey mouse

Extinct  (1956) (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Pseudomys
Species:
P. glaucus
Binomial name
Pseudomys glaucus
Thomas, 1910

Blue-grey mouse refers to an Australian rodent, Pseudomys glaucus, that is only known by a few specimens found in Eastern Australia and since presumed to have become extinct.

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was described by Oldfield Thomas in 1910.[2] The number of specimens identified as Pseudomys glaucus is limited to three, two found in the northeastern state of Queensland and a single specimen collected to the south at Cryon in New South Wales.

Description[edit]

A species of Pseudomys, Australian rodents that resemble the familiar house mouse Mus musculus. The body of Pseudomys glaucus was a robust with fine and dense fur, white at the underside and a pale blue=grey colour over the upperparts of the pelage. The measurements of the three known specimens are 95 millimetres for the head and body combined, with a tail that is slightly longer (100 mm) and displaying in white hairs. The weight range is 25 to 30 grams.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamoreux, J. (2008). "Pseudomys glaucus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ Thomas, O. (1910). "New Australian Muridae of the genus Pseudomys". The Annals and Magazine of Natural History; Zoology, Botany, and Geology. Taylor and Francis, Ltd. 8 (6): 607–610 [608].
  3. ^ Menkhorst, P.W.; Knight, F. (2011). A field guide to the mammals of Australia (3rd ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. p. 198. ISBN 9780195573954.