Overview

Distribution

Range Description

The range of this largely South Asian species is difficult to define, as it is often confused with Mus terricolor. It has been recorded widely in India Sri Lanka, eastern Pakistan, southern Nepal, Bangladesh (although distribution here is unclear) and central Myanmar. It is found from sea level up to 4,000 m asl elevation (Molur et al. 2005).
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Global Distribution

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Western Ghats Distribution

INDIA Karnataka: Dharwar; Gadag; Kodagu: Coorg; Shimoga Kerala: Idduki: Eravikulam NP; Palakkad: Thiruvazhamkunnu; Thrissur: Vellanikara Maharashtra: Ahmadnagar; Chandrapur: Chanda; Nasik; Pune: Poona; Ratnagiri Tamil NaduArupatty; Coimbatore; Kanyakumari: Cape Comorin; Madurai: Virudunagar, Ayyanarkoil, Senbagapothopu (Srivilliputhur)

Known Presence in Protected Areas

India Kerala: Eravikulam WS, Periyar Tiger Reserve Tamil Nadu: Kalakkad-Mundunthurai TR, Srivilliputtur WS, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary Goa; Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. Karnataka; Nagrhole National Park

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is common in ricefields and other irrigated croplands in India. It occurs in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forests (Molur et al. 2005). In Myanmar, it lives in drier, sandy habitat and scrubby areas, and is a serious pest in cropland areas (such as peanut crops).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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General Habitat

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Habitat

Tropical, subtropical dry deciduous forests, agricultural/ irrigated field

Niche

Irrigated fields, edges of cultivation, agricultural lands and near human dwellings, patches of thorn scrub

Habitat Status

Quantitative and qualitative decrease of the habitat due to habitat alteration

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Behaviour

"Nocturnal, fossorial, gregarious, generalist feeder"
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Aplin, K., Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern as the species is relatively widespread, common, and there are no current major threats to the species (it is regarded as a major agricultural threat in much of its range).

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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LEAST CONCERN
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Population

Population
It is reported to be a common and abundant species in India. It is also abundant in Myanmar (K. Aplin pers. comm.).

Population Trend
Stable
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Quantitative decrease of the population due to pest control practices
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species.
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"Habitat loss and degradation due to expansion of agricultural activities, livestock grazing, non-farm activities, accidental mortality due to poisoning for hunting, pest control practices, natural disasters such as, drought, storms, flooding, habitat change, persecution by domestic predators, harvested for local consumption purposes"
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Legislation

"India Schedule V of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, amended up to 2002."
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Protection Legal Status

Not listed
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is listed in the Schedule V (considered as vermin) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It occurs in several protected areas. There is a need for taxonomic studies to conclusively determine the distribution of Mus booduga and the similar Mus terricolor.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Uses

Local consumption
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Wikipedia

Little Indian Field Mouse

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Eukaryota

The Little Indian field mouse (Mus booduga) is a species of rodent in the Muridae family. It is found in India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

References

  • Baillie, J. 1996. Mus booduga. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • 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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