Hairst moose

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Hairst moose
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Faimily: Muridae
Genus: Micromys
Species: M. minutus
Binomial name
Micromys minutus
Pallas, 1771
Distribution of Micromys minutus Map.png
Hairst moose range

The hairst moose (Micromys) is a wee mammal o the order rodentia naitive tae Europe an Asie. It is a kynd o moose. It can be fand in fields o cereal crops, lyke as wheat an aits, in reed beds or in ither heich grund vegetation, lyke lang gress an hedgeraws. It haes reddish-broon fur wae whyte underpairts an a nakit tail that it uises for climmin. It is the smawest European rodent; an adult mey wecht as few as 4 gram (0.14 oz). Breedin nests are spherical constructions carefully weaved frae gress an attachit tae stems heich up.

Belangin tae the subfaimily Murinae, the genus isnae closely relatit tae ony ither murine genus[2] an haes twa livin species. Micromys minutus, kent as the European hairest moose is the mair the widespread ane o the twa species o Micromys, the ither mair restrictit ane is Micromys erythrotis bidin in Vietnam an Soothren China (an perhaps neebourin auries).[3] Fossils o Micromys date back tae the Late Miocene an include at least 10 extinct species, formin several lineages.[4]

Description[eedit | eedit soorce]

The hairst moose ranges frae 55 tae 75 millimetre (2.2 tae 3.0 in) long, an its tail frae 50 tae 75 millimetre (2.0 tae 3.0 in) long; it weighs frae 4 tae 11 gram (0.14 tae 0.39 oz),[5][6] or aboot hauf the wecht o the hoose moose (Mus musculus). The een an lugs are relatively lairge. It hae a smaw neb, wit short, stubble whiskers, an a thick, saft fur.[7]

Geographie[eedit | eedit soorce]

M. minutus bides ootthrou Europe an Northren Asie, rangin fae Northwast Spain throu maist o Europe, athort Siberie tae Korea, north tae aboot 65 degree in Russia, sooth tae the northren edge o Mongolie. Thare are also isolatit populations in Soothren China, throu the Yunnan aurie.[8]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Kryštufek, B.; Lunde, D.P.; Meinig, H.; Aplin, K.; Batsaikhan, N.; Henttonen, H. (2019). "Micromys minutus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (in Inglis). 2019: e.T13373A119151882.
  2. Musser & Carleton 2005, pp. 1383–1384.
  3. Abramov, Meschersky & Rozhnov 2009, p. 58.
  4. Musser & Carleton 2005, p. 1384.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 19 November 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2004.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Arkive: Micromys minutus". Archived frae the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  7. Ivaldi, Francesca. "Micromys minutus". Retrieved 28 Mey 2009.
  8. Wilson & Reeder 2005.