Biosystematic approach to geographic variations of house mouse group, Mus musculus L.1766

Document Type : Articles


Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


The matrix of qualitative and quantitative data compiled from comparative measures of
14 dental and skull morphology and 17 dentally variable morphometric characters taken
from samples of 18 populations of house mouse, Mus musculus, which were previously
determined genetically, distributed over Eurasian and north African habitats of the
species are used for uni-and-multivariate analysis, aiming to clarify and settle the status of
taxonomy, and hence, biosystematic and phylogography of these populations. The
genetic attributes, already worked on, are used simultaneously to check against, match,
compare and analyze with those of morphology and morphometry. Efforts have been
made to approach the geographic inter- and- intraspecies and population variations of
house mouse, focusing on subspecies status or category.