White-footed Mouse

White-footed Mouse
Female with sucklings
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Neotominae
Genus: Peromyscus
Species: P. leucopus
Binomial name
Peromyscus leucopus
(Rafinesque, 1818)

White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) is a rodent native to North America. It ranges from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding island of Newfoundland) to the southwest USA and Mexico.[1] It is also known as the Woodmouse, particularly in Texas.

Adults are 90–100 millimetres (3.5–3.9 in) in length, not counting the tail, which can add another 63–97 millimetres (2.5–3.8 in). A young adult weighs 20–30 grams (0.7–1.1 oz). While their maximum life span is 96 months, the mean life expectancy for the species is 45.5 months for females and 47.5 for males. In northern climates the average life expectancy is 12–24 months.[2]

This species is similar to Peromyscus maniculatus, the Deer Mouse. Like the deer mouse, it may carry hantaviruses, which cause severe illness in humans.[3]

It has also been found to be a competent reservoir for the Lyme disease causing spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi.[4]

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  • white-footed mouse — Mouse Mouse (mous), n.; pl. {Mice} (m[imac]s). [OE. mous, mus, AS. m[=u]s, pl. m[=y]s; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. m[=u]s, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. m[=u]sh mouse, mush to steal. [root]277. Cf. {Muscle},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white-footed mouse — [hwīt′foot΄əd, wīt′foot΄əd] n. DEER MOUSE …   English World dictionary

  • white-footed mouse — см. Приложение 1 (Peromyscus leucopus). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • white-footed mouse — white footed mouse. См. белоногий хомячок. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • white-footed mouse — baltakojis žiurkėnukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Peromyscus leucopus angl. white footed mouse vok. Weißfußmaus rus. белоногий хомячок pranc. souris à pattes blanches ryšiai: platesnis terminas – …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • white-footed mouse — white′ foot ed mouse′ n. mam any North or Central American mouse of the genus Peromyscus, usu. having white feet and undersides …   From formal English to slang

  • white-footed mouse — white foot·ed mouse .(h)wīt .fu̇t əd n a common woodland mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) that has whitish feet and underparts and that is a reservoir for the spirochete of the genus Borrelia (B. burgdorferi) causing Lyme disease * * * Peromyscus… …   Medical dictionary

  • white-footed mouse — /hwuyt foot id, wuyt / any of several North American woodland mice of the genus Peromyscus, esp. P. leucopus, having white feet and undersides. Also called deer mouse, vesper mouse, wood mouse. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • white-footed mouse — noun American woodland mouse with white feet and underparts • Syn: ↑vesper mouse, ↑Peromyscus leucopus • Hypernyms: ↑wood mouse • Member Holonyms: ↑Peromyscus, ↑genus Peromyscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-footed mouse — noun Date: 1853 any of various largely nocturnal mice (genus Peromyscus) of North and Central America typically having whitish feet and underparts; especially a common woodland mouse (P. leucopus) of North America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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