white-footed mouse


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white-foot·ed mouse

(wīt′fo͝ot′ĭd, hwīt′-)
n.
A small, primarily nocturnal mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) of central and eastern North America, having fur that is reddish brown on the back and white on the belly and feet.

white-footed mouse

n
(Animals) any of various mice of the genus Peromyscus, esp P. leucopus, of North and Central America, having brownish fur with white underparts: family Cricetidae. See also deer mouse

white′-foot`ed mouse′


n.
any North or Central American mouse of the genus Peromyscus, usu. having white feet and undersides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white-footed mouse - American woodland mouse with white feet and underpartswhite-footed mouse - American woodland mouse with white feet and underparts
genus Peromyscus, Peromyscus - New World wood mice
wood mouse - any of various New World woodland mice
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The scientists dedicated four years to decoding the genetic makeup of the white-footed mouse Peromyscus leucopus, which harbors the Lyme disease-causing bacteria.
In the United States, New York orthohantavirus (NYV) is carried by the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus).
Other small scavengers that frequented the ARF included Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), and white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus).
The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) is a forest habitat generalist that occurs in abundance within fragmented woodlots (forest patches) throughout the eastern United States (Nupp and Swihart, 1996; Wilder and Meikle, 2005a).
The team has been studying two similar species -the deer mouse and the white-footed mouse - for a decade at McGill University's Gault Nature Reserve in MontAaAaAeA@rAaAaAeA@gie, Can
SPECIES LOCATION HABITAT Deer Mouse North America Woodlands, Deserts, High Elevations White-Footed Mouse Eastern United States Woody or Brushy Areas, Mixed Forests & Edge of Agricultural Fields Cotton Rat Southeastern United States Overgrown Shrubs, Tall Grasses Rice Rat Southeastern United States Semi-Aquatic
One arm of their research has taken them to the lab, where they have modeled coinfection and transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi and Babesia microti from their reservoir host, the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus), to the vector, the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), which can transmit both diseases to humans.
A white-footed mouse also has a white underbelly, and its feet are white too.
Ostfeld's work shows that the white-footed mouse, a powerful amplifier of Lyme disease risk, persists in small fragments of forest after other species disappear.
Forest fragmentation--when rests are cut down in such way that only small parcels are left intact--leads to a higher incidence of Lyme disease according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology, The white-footed mouse is one of the prime carriers of Lyme disease.
"The White-Footed Mouse" is a beautifully illustrated story about a little mouse found by a boy at a hunting camp cabin with high in the New Hampshire mountains.