Peromyscus nesodytes Wilson, 1936:408

Giant deer mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 2000 yBP



Santa Rosa Island & San Miguel Island, Channel Islands, southern California, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Wilson, R. W. (1936). A new Pleistocene deer-mouse from Santa Rosa Island. Journal of Mammalogy 17(4): 408-410. [First page preview]


Other references:

Amira F. Ainisa & René L. Vellanoweth. (2012). Expanding the Chronology for the Extinct Giant Island Deer Mouse (Peromyscus nesodytes) on San Miguel Island, California, USA. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 7(1): 146-152. [Abstract]

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Guthrie DA (1993) New information on the prehistoric fauna of San Miguel Island, California. In Hochberg FG, ed., Third California Islands Symposium: Recent Advances in Research in the California Islands, pp. 405–416. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara.

Rick, Torben C., Courtney A. Hofman, Todd J. Braje, Jesús E. Maldonado, T Scott Sillett, Kevin Danchisko and Jon M. Erlandson. (2012). Flightless ducks, giant mice and pygmy mammoths: Late Quaternary extinctions on California's Channel Islands. World Archaeology 44(1): 3-20.

Shirazi, Sabrina et al. (2017). A tale of two mice: A trans-Holocene record of Peromyscus nesodytes and Peromyscus maniculatus at Daisy Cave, San Miguel Island, California. The Holocene. [Abstract]

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

White, John A. (1966). A new Peromyscus from the Late Pleistocene of Ancapa Island, California, with notes on variation in Peromyscus nesodytes Wilson. Los Angeles County Museum Contributions in Science 96: 1-8.

Wilson, D. E. and Reeder, D. M. (2005). Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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