First reported in the wild
Pre historic introduction
Invasive species - risk of High Impact
Introduction pathways - 1
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
Dull, greyish brown dorsally, slightly lighter below with a slightly thicket and more obviously scaly than other mice (Berry et al., 2008).
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).
Constructed, industrial or other artificial habitats
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).
Most commonly found in buildings. (Berry et al., 2008).
Established - Common. Most commonly found in buildings though not obligatory commensal (Berry et al., 2008).
Species is thought to be originally from the Middle East but found globally other than Antarctica.
Date of first record category
Fifty year date category
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018
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How can you help
Report any sightings to the National Biodiversity Data Centre
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.
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.