House mouse

House mouse
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Mus
Subgenus: Mus
M. musculus
Binomial name
Mus musculus
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House mouse range (note: distribution is incomplete)

Mus abbotti

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is a small mammal of the order Rodentia, characteristically having a pointed snout, large rounded ears, and a long and almost hairless tail. It is one of the most abundant species of the genus Mus. Although a wild animal, the house mouse has benefited significantly from associating with human habitation to the point that truly wild populations are significantly less common than the semi-tame populations near human activity.

The house mouse has been domesticated as the pet or fancy mouse, and as the laboratory mouse, which is one of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine. The complete mouse reference genome was sequenced in 2002.[2][3]

  1. ^ Musser, G.; Hutterer, R.; Kryštufek, B.; Yigit, N.; Mitsainas, G. (2021) [amended version of 2016 assessment]. "Mus musculus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T13972A197519724. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T13972A197519724.en. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Gregory was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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