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Gaza House Mouse
Mus musculus gazaensis Khalaf, 2007

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Rodentia - rodents »  family Muridae - mice »  genus Mus - Mice »  species Mus musculus - Eastern House Mouse

Other names

= Palestine House Mouse

The Gaza House Mouse or Palestine House Mouse (Mus musculus gazaensis) is a house mouse subspecies, which was discovered in 2005 in an agricultural field in Beit Lahia, North Gaza Strip, Palestine.

The new subspecies was named "Mus musculus gazaensis" in June 2007 by the Palestinian-German zoologist Norman Ali Khalaf-von Jaffa. The subspecies name "gazaensis" is Latin for "Gaza".

Description

The Gaza House Mouse is distinguished from the other subspecies of Mus by its light and dark brown colouration with white big patches on the fur.

Distribution

Endemic to the Gaza Strip, Palestine.

Data source info

Jaffa K-S. von , Taher A. (2007): Mus musculus gazaensis Khalaf, 2007: A New House Mouse Subspecies from the Gaza Strip, Palestine. [http://www.geocities.com/jaffacity/Gaza_...], Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin. Number 66, June 2007, Jamada Al-Ulla 1428 AH. pp. 14-24. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Abstract in English).
[Data retrieved on: 30 July 2007]

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