Peromyscus mekisturus Merriam, 1898:124

Puebla deer mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1948 (Álvarez-Castañeda & Castro-Arellano, 2008; Fisher & Blomberg, 2012;  Lee et al., 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Puebla (south-east), México


Biology & Ecology




Only known from two specimens (Álvarez-Castañeda & Castro-Arellano, 2008).






Álvarez-Castañeda, S. T. and Castro-Arellano, I. (2008). Peromyscus mekisturus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 30 July 2013.

Carleton, M. D. 1989. Systematics and Evolution. Pp. 7-141, in Advances in the study of Peromyscus (Rodentia) (G. L. Kirkland and J. N. Layne, eds.). Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 367

Castañeda-Rico, Susette Edwards, Cody W., Hawkins, Melissa T. R. and Maldonado, Jesús E. (2022). Museomics and the holotype of a critically endangered cricetid rodent provide key evidence of an undescribed genus. Front. Ecol. Evol. 10:930356. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.930356

Fisher, Diana O. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2012). Inferring Extinction of Mammals from Sighting Records, Threats, and Biological Traits. Conservation Biology 26(1): 57-67.

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.06 kg min. mass estimate]

Hooper, E. T. (1947). Notes on Mexican mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 28: 40-57.

Lee, T. E., Fisher, D. O., Blomberg, S. P. and Wintle, B. A. (2017). Extinct or still out there? Disentangling influences on extinction and rediscovery helps to clarify the fate of species on the edge. Global Change Biology 23(2): 621-634.

Monroy-Gamboa, Alina Gabriela. (2021). The ghost mammals from Mexico and their implications. Therya 12(3): 1-10.

Smith, F.A., Lyons, S.K., Morgan Ernest, S.K., Jones, K.E., Kauffman, D.M., Dayan, T., Marquet, P.A., Brown, J.H. & Haskell, J.P. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84, Eco­logical Archives E084­093­metadata: 1-15.


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