Animal Database
Animal Database
House Mouse
House Mouse.jpg
Range Except Africa, Southern America and Polar Regions
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Muridae
Genus Mus
Species M. Musculus

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. The word "mouse" comes from Middle English mous which is from Old English mus which is descended from Proto-Germanic mūs which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European múh₂s meaning "mouse'. Although a wild animal the house mouse has benefited greatly from associating with human habitation to the point that truly wild populations are getting less and less common than the semi-tame populations near human habitation. The house mouse has been domesticated as a pet and as a laboratory mouse. The complete mouse reference genome was sequenced in 2002.