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Apodemus flavicollis

Apodemus flavicollis (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Apodemus
Species: Apodemus flavicollis


Apodemus flavicollis (Melchior, 1834)

Type Locality: Sieland, Denmark


* Apodemus flavicollis on Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder

Vernacular names
Česky: Myšice lesní
Dansk: Halsbåndmus
Deutsch: Gelbhalsmaus
English: Yellow-necked Mouse
Español: Ratón leonado
Lietuvių: Geltonkaklė pelė
Nederlands: Grote bosmuis
Polski: Mysz leśna
Suomi: Metsähiiri
Svenska: Större skogsmus
Walon: Rate blanc-colé


The Yellow-necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis is closely related to the wood mouse, with which it was long confused, only being recognised as a separate species in 1894. It differs in its band of yellow fur around the neck and in having slightly larger ears and usually being slightly larger overall. Around 100mm in length, it can climb trees and sometimes overwinters in houses. It is found mostly in mountainous areas of southern Europe, but extends north into parts of Scandinavia and Britain. It is a critical host in the maintenance of tick-borne encephalitis. Other common names are Yellow-necked Field Mouse, Yellow-necked Wood Mouse, and South China Field Mouse.[1]


1. ^ Murray Wrobel: Elsevier’s Dictionary of Mammals. Elsevier 2006, ISBN 978-0444518774.

* Amori (1996). Apodemus flavicollis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
* Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

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