Eastern chestnut mouse

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Eastern chestnut mouse

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Species : Pseudomys gracilicaudatus


The Eastern chestnut mouse is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the eastern chestnut mouse
A young / baby of a eastern chestnut mouse is called a 'pinkie, kitten or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A eastern chestnut mouse group is called a 'nest, colony, harvest, horde or mischief'.

Facts about the eastern chestnut mouse

Previous removal experiments on two herbivorous rodents occupying coastal wet heathlands in eastern Australia documented that competition between Rattus lutreolus and Pseudomys gracilicaudatus is asymmetrically biased in favor of the much larger Rattus.

The eastern chestnut mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus) is listed as VULNERABLE on the schedules of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.

The Eastern chestnut mouse is a “fire specialist” and is secure on the mainland but rare on the island presumably because of the infrequent burning.

The inquiry stated "The Eastern Chestnut Mouse is listed as ‘Vulnerable and Rare' because its population and distribution are severely reduced, threatening processes are moderate and it is an ecological specialist". (Full text)

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