Striped field mouse

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Striped field mouse
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Apodemus
Species: A. agrarius
Binomial name
Apodemus agrarius
(Pallas, 1771)

The striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) is a rodent in the family Muridae. The range of this species stretches from Eastern Europe to Japan, including Taiwan and Siberia.


Accepted synonyms include Apodemus albostriatus (Bechstein, 1801), Apodemus caucasicus (Kuznetzov, 1944), Apodemus chejuensis (Johnson and Jones, 1955), Apodemus coreae (Thomas, 1908), Apodemus gloveri (Kuroda, 1939), Apodemus harti (Thomas, 1898), Apodemus henrici (Lehmann, 1970), Apodemus insulaemus (Tokuda, 1939 and 1941), Apodemus istrianus (Kryštufek, 1985), Apodemus kahmanni (Malec and Storch, 1963), Apodemus karelicus (Ehrström, 1914), Apodemus maculatus (Bechstein, 1801), Apodemus mantchuricus (Thomas, 1898), Apodemus nicolskii (Charlemagne, 1933), Apodemus nikolskii (Migouline, 1927), Apodemus ningpoensis (Swinhoe, 1870), Apodemus ognevi (Johansen, 1923), Apodemus pallescens (Johnson and Jones, 1955), Apodemus pallidior (Thomas, 1908), Apodemus pratensis (Ockskay, 1831), Apodemus rubens (Oken, 1816), Apodemus septentrionalis (Ognev, 1924), Apodemus tianschanicus (Ognev, 1940) and Apodemus volgensis (Kuznetzov, 1944).[1]


The upper parts of the striped field mouse are grayish brown with a rusty tint with a prominent mid-dorsal black stripe. The under parts are paler and grayish. The ears and eyes are relatively small. The body length reaches 126 mm and the tail length reaches 90 mm and it weighs up to 50 g.[2]


The striped field mouse excavates a short burrow with a nesting chamber at a shallow depth. It is nocturnal during the summer, but mainly diurnal in the winter. It lives in forests, cornfields, and other agricultural land, uncultivated land, boundary strips, gullies, ravines, and gardens. In the winter, it occupies haystacks, storehouses, and dwellings. Its diet varies and includes green parts of plants, roots, seeds, berries, nuts, and insects. Three to five broods are born in a year with an average of six young per litter and the population can build up rapidly in a good season. Limiting factors include frequent torrential rains during a warm season, early soil freezing, and predation.[2]

Interaction with humans[edit]

The striped field mouse is one of the most common agricultural pests of eastern Europe and a natural vector of diseases commonly associated with murine rodents.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Apodemus agrarius. Mammal Species of the World. Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c AgroAtlas: Pests. Apodemus agrarius Pallas. – Black-Striped Field Mouse. Retrieved on 2012-12-28.

External links[edit]

  • Koh HS, Lee WJ, Kocher TD (July 2000). "The genetic relationships of two subspecies of striped field mice, Apodemus agrarius coreae and Apodemus agrarius chejuensis". Heredity 85 (Pt 1): 30–6. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2540.2000.00723.x. PMID 10971688. 
  • Apodemus agrarius. IUCN
  • Won, Byeong-o (원병오) (2004). 한국의 포유동물 (Hangugui poyudongmul, Mammals of Korea). Seoul: Dongbang Media. ISBN 89-8457-310-8.