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CAVS: 1412

Species Mus musculus Linnaeus, 1758

House Mouse



Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information


Introduced from various regions.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Central Arnhem (CA), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Sturt Plateau (STU), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

Crop, granivore, peridomestic, subtropical, terrestrial.

Extra Ecological Information

Found in disturbed habitats.


General References

Baverstock, P.R., Watts, C.H.S., Adams, M. & Cole, S.R. 1981. Genetical relationships among Australian rodents (Muridae). Australian Journal of Zoology 29: 289-303

Berry, R.J. (ed.) 1981. Biology of the House Mouse. Symposium of the Zoological Society, London. No. 47. London : Academic Press xxx 715 pp.

Bomford, M. 1987. Food and reproduction of wild house mice I. Diet and breeding seasons in various habitats on irrigated cereal farms in New South Wales. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 183-196

Bomford, M. 1987. Food and reproduction of wild house mice II. A field experiment to examine the effect of food availability and food quality on breeding in spring. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 197-206

Bomford, M. 1987. Food and reproduction of wild house mice III. Experiments on the breeding performance of caged house mice fed rice based diets. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 207-218

Bomford, M. & Redhead, T. 1987. A field experiment to examine the effects of food quality and population density on reproduction of wild house mice. Oikos 48: 304-311

Boonstra, R. & Redhead, T.D. 1994. Population dynamics of an outbreak population of house mice (Mus domesticus) in the irrigated rice-growing area of Australia. Wildlife Research 21: 583-598

Boursot, P., Auffray, J.-C., Britton-Davidian, J. & Bonhomme, F. 1993. The evolution of the house mouse. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 24: 119-152

Brown, P.R., Davies, M.J., Croft, J.D. & Singleton, G.R. 2004. Can farm-management practices reduce the impact of house mouse populations on crops in an irrigated farming system? Wildlife Research 31: 597-604

Brown, P.R., Singleton, G.R., Kearns, B. & Griffiths, J. 1997. Evaluation and cost effectiveness of strychnine for control of populations of wild house mice (Mus domesticus) in Victoria. Wildlife Research 24: 159-172

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Chambers, L.K., Singleton, G.R. & van Wensveen, M. 1996. Spatial heterogeneity in wild populations of house mice (Mus domesticus) on the Darling Downs, south-eastern Queensland. Wildlife Research 23: 23-38

Chapman, A. 1981. Habitat preference and reproduction of feral house mice, Mus musculus, during plague and non-plague situations in Western Australia. Australian Wildlife Research 8: 567-579

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Cockburn, A. 1980. The diet of the New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) and the House Mouse (Mus musculus) in a Victorian coastal heathland. Australian Mammalogy 3: 31-34

Cooper, N.K. 1993. Identification of Pseudomys chapmani, P. hermannsburgensis, P. delicatulus and Mus musculus using footpad patterns. Western Australian Naturalist 19: 69-73

Copson, G.R. 1986. The diet of the introduced rodents Mus musculus L. and Rattus rattus L. on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Australian Wildlife Research 13: 441-445

Dickman, C.R. 1992. Predation and habitat shift in the house mouse, Mus domesticus. Ecology 73: 313-322

Fox, B.J. & Twigg, L.E. 1991. Experimental transplants of mice (Pseudomys and Mus) on to early stages of post-mining regeneration in open forest. Australian Journal of Ecology 16: 281-287

Haering, R. & Fox, B.J. 1997. Habitat use by sympatric populations of Pseudomys novaehollandiae and Mus domesticus. Australian Journal of Ecology 22: 69-80

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Hunt, W.G. & Selander, R.K. 1973. Biochemical genetics of hybridization in European house mice. Heredity 31: 11-33

Kay, B.J., Twigg, L.E., Korn, T.J. & Nicol, H.I. 1994. The use of artificial perches to increase predation on house mice (Mus domesticus) by raptors. Wildlife Research 21: 95-106

Kay, B.J., Twigg, L.E. & Nicol. H.I. 1994. The strategic use of rodenticides against house mice (Mus domesticus) prior to crop invasion. Wildlife Research 21: 11-19

Krebs, C.J., Kennedy, A.J. & Singleton, G.R. 1995. Movements of feral house mice in agricultural landscapes. Australian Journal of Zoology 43: 293-302

Krebs, C.J., Singleton, G.R. & Kennedy, A.J. 1994. Six reasons why feral house mouse populations might have low recapture rates. Wildlife Research 21: 559-567

Lunney, D., Cullis, B. & Eby, P. 1987. Effects of logging and fire on small mammals in Mumbulla State Forest, near Bega, New South Wales. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 163-181

Lunney, D. & Ashby, E. 1987. Population changes in Sminthopsis leucopus (Gray) (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) and other small mammal species, in forest regenerating from logging and fire near Bega, New South Wales. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 275-284

Marshall, J.T. 1977. A synopsis of Asian species of Mus (Rodentia, Muridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 153: 173-220

Masters, P. 1993. The effects of fire-driven succession and rainfall on small mammals in spinifex grassland at Uluru National Park, Northern Territory. Wildlife Research 20: 803-813

Mutze, G.J. 1989. Effectiveness of strychnine bait trails for poisoning mice in cereal crops. Australian Wildlife Research 16: 459-465

Mutze, G.J. 1991. Mouse plagues in South Australian cereal-growing areas. III. Changes in mouse abundance during plague and non-plague years, and the role of refugia. Wildlife Research 18: 593-604

Mutze, G.J. 1993. Cost-effectiveness of poison bait trails for control of house mice in mallee cereal crops. Wildlife Research 20: 445-456

Mutze, G.J., Green, B. & Newgrain, K. 1991. Water flux and energy use in wild house mice (Mus domesticus) and the impact of seasonal aridity on breeding and population levels. Oecologia (Berlin) 88: 529-538

Mutze, G.J., Veitch, L.G. & Miller, R.B. 1990. Mouse plagues in South Australian cereal-growing areas. II. An empirical model for prediction of plagues. Australian Wildlife Research 17: 313-324

Norton, T.W. 1987. The ecology of small mammals in north-eastern Tasmania II. Pseudomys novaehollandiae and the introduced Mus Musculus. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 435-441

Pennycuik, P.R., Reisner, A.H. & Westwood, N.H. 1990. Process responsible for temporal changes in the percentages of pelage colour types among the young recruited into a house mouse population in an outdoor pen. Australian Journal of Zoology 38: 105-116

Pennycuik, P.R. & Cowan, R. 1990. Odour and food preferences of house mice, Mus musculus. Australian Journal of Zoology 38: 241-247

Pennycuik, P.R. & Reisner, A.H. 1990. The founding population: the effect of difference in its size, nature and season of establishment on the subsequent dynamics of populations of house mice, Mus musculus L. Australian Journal of Zoology 38: 479-492

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