St. Kilda House Mouse

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THE St. Kilda house mouse (Mus musculus muralis, Barrett-Hamilton) received great notoriety when the island was evacuated in 1930, because it was confidently expected to become extinct. Some previous writers (Ritchie, Scot. Nat., 1930) stated that the mouse was confined to the Post Office buildings on the island. A visit to St. Kilda this summer proved to us that the mouse has become extremely rare and at present only inhabits two houses in which food was left behind. It is particularly interesting to note that neither of these houses is the Post Office, and the evidence of the inhabitants, and of previous visitors, confirms the view that the mouse was never confined to one building.

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HARRISSON, T., MOY-THOMAS, J. St. Kilda House Mouse. Nature 129, 131 (1932) doi:10.1038/129131b0

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