Evolutionary Relationships in the Genus Mus

  • F. Bonhomme
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Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 127)


The Murids, with their many genera, are the most diversified and recent group of Rodents. Mus, along with Rattus and a few others, has been recognized as a separate taxon for a long time. One of its numerous species, the house mouse, has become the most studied vertebrate probably because its habitat is closest to that of man. Because this little brownish animal is well adapted to indoor conditions, it was easy to breed in the laboratory, and has become the universal mammalian model. Although many aspects of its biology have been studied extensively, the biosystematics of its natural populations and the evolutionary relationships between the different members of the genus have only recently begun to be explored.


Hybrid Zone House Mouse Wild Mouse Hypoxanthine Phosphoribosyl Transferase Derive Character State 
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