Habitat and Ecology
It can also be found in forested riverine areas at 100-150 m, where it is syntopic with the house mouse (M. m. domesticus). It is apparently absent from lowland (less than 100 m) areas with strong anthropogenic pressure, such as intensive arable farmland, human dwellings and farms, and orchards (orange groves), where the house mouse is almost exclusively dominant (Cucchi 2005).
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2007Least Concern
"All other endemic mammals of Mediterranean islands died out following the arrival of man, with the exception of two species of shrew. The new mouse of Cyprus is the only endemic rodent still alive, and as such can be considered as a living fossil," said Dr. Cucchi. Originally, Dr. Cucchi wanted to call it Mus aphrodite, as Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite according to Greek mythology.
- North County Times: 'Living fossil' mouse found on Cyprus, a rare discovery for Europe October 13, 2006
- BBC News - New mouse find is 'living fossil' October 12, 2006
- Durham News - Durham Research Fellow discovers new species of mammal in Europe October 12, 2006
- Wagner, Thomas (October 13, 2006). "'Living fossil' mouse found on Cyprus". North County Times. Retrieved 2009-10-11.]