Taxonomy

Mus musculus | House Mouse | Luch tí

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least Concern

First reported in the wild

Pre historic introduction

Invasiveness

Invasive species - risk of High Impact

Irish status

Established

Introduction pathways - 1

Uncertain

Invasive score

20

NAPRA Ireland risk assessed

No

Species Biology

Identification

Dull, greyish brown dorsally, slightly lighter below with a slightly thicket and more obviously scaly than other mice (Berry et al., 2008).

Ecology

Outcompeted by a number of other small mammal species, while not an obligate commensal of humans it is restricted in its range to areas of human habitation (Berry et al., 2008).

Habitat

Constructed, industrial or other artificial habitats

Reproduction

Litters of 5-8 born at monthly intervals throughout the year (Berry et al., 2008).

Pathway and vector description

Associated with earliest human settlements (Berry et al., 2008).

Broad environment

Terrestrial

Habitat description

Most commonly found in buildings. (Berry et al., 2008).

Species group

Vertebrate

Native region

Tropical Asia

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Established - Common. Most commonly found in buildings though not obligatory commensal (Berry et al., 2008).

Native distribution

Species is thought to be originally from the Middle East but found globally other than Antarctica.

Temporal change

Date of first record category

Pre-1900

Fifty year date category

Pre-1500

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018

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How can you help

Report any sightings to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Further information

Listed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the SSC- Species Survival Commission of the IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature as of the 100 Worst Invaders.

References

Publications

Berry, R.J., Tattersall, F.H. & Hurst, J. (2008). Genus Mus House mouse Mus domesticus In: Harris, S. & Yalden, D.W. (eds.) Mammals of the British Isles: Handbook. Mammal Society, Southampton.

Atlas of Irish Mammals

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

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