Mus imberbis Rüppell, 1842

Ethiopian striped mouse, Striped-back mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell, 1842)


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2012 (Meheretu et al., 2015)

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern


Previous attempts to locate the species prior to its rediscovery may have been due to incorrect sampling methods (Meheretu et al., 2015). It was more recently recorded by (Kostin et al., 2019).





Biology & Ecology




FMNH 28664 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 28667 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 28668 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 28671 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 28672 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 28674 (Mikula et al., 2022)

FMNH 229648 (Mikula et al., 2022)

BMNH ZD-1928.1.11.152 (Mikula et al., 2022)

BMNH ZD-1928.1.11.153 (Mikula et al., 2022)



Thomas 1903, Osgood 1936, Misonne 1974, Yalden et al.1976, 1996



Original scientific description:

Rüppell, E. (1842). Saugethiere aus der ordnung der Nager,beebachte im Nordo Stilichen Afrika. Mus. Senchkenberg. 3: 99-116.


Other references:

Bryja, Josef et al. (2014). Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 256.

Kostin, Danila S. et al. (2019). Taxonomic and genetic diversity of rodents from the Arsi Mountains (Ethiopia). Mammalia 83(3): 237-247.

Lavrenchenko, L. and Schlitter, D. (2008). Muriculus imberbis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 17 November 2014.

Lavrenchenko, L. and Schlitter, D. (2016). Muriculus imberbis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13935A22454386. Accessed on 09 May 2023.

Meheretu, Yonas, Šumbera, Radim and Bryja, Josef. (2015). Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus. Mammalia 79(1): 15-23.

Mikula, Ondřej, Krásová, Jarmila, Šumbera, Radim and Bryja, Josef. (2022). Taxonomic position and biogeography of Mus callewaerti, the largest species of the subgenus Nannomys (Rodentia: Muridae). Lynx, n. s. (Praha), 53: 271-290.

Misonne, X. (1974). Order Rodentia, pp. 1-39. In: Meester, J. and Setzer, H. W. (eds.). The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute Press.

Monadjem A., Taylor P. J., Denys C. and Cotterill F. P. D. (2015). Rodents of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Biographic and Taxonomic Synthesis. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. 1104 pp.

Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. (2005). Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Osgood, W. H. (1936). New and imperfectly known small mammalsfrom Africa. Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. (Zool). 20: 217-256.

Thomas, Oldfield. (1903). On a collection of mammals from Abyssinia, including some from Lake Tana, collected by Edward Dagen.Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 2: 308-316.

Yalden, D. W. (2013). Muriculus imberbis, pp. 472–473. In: Happold D. C. D. (ed.): Mammals of Africa. Volume III. Rodents, Hares and Rabbits. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. 784 pp.

Yalden, D. W. and Largen, M. J. (1992). The endemic mammals of Ethiopia. Mammal Review 22: 115-150.

Yalden, D. W., Largen, M. J. and Kock, D. (1976). Catalogue of the mammals of Ethiopia. 2. Insectivora and Rodentia. Monitore zoologico italiano/Italian Journal of Zoology, N.S. Supplemento 8(1): 1-118.

Yalden, D. W., Largen, M. J., Kock, D. and Hillman, J. C. (1996). Catalogue of the Mammals of Ethiopia and Eritrea 7. Revised Checklist, zoogeography and conservation. Tropical Zoology 9(1): 73-164.


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