Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Apodemus > Species: Apodemus sylvaticus

Wood mouse - Apodemus sylvaticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • urban
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 5551

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Adi tarla faresi Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bëschmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bosmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hagamús Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges erdeiegér Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Liten skogmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mindre skogsmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Miu i pyllit Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mulot sylvestre French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Navadna belonoga miš Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pikkumetsähiiri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Poljski miš Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rato-do-campo Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ratón de campo Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ryšavka krovinná Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Skovmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Topo selvatico Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waldmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Wood mouse English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus sylvaticus Linnaeus, 1758
Mus intermedius Bellamy, 1839
Musculus dichrurus Rafiniesque, 1814
Mus pecchioli Pecchioli, 1844
Mus hirtensis Barret-Hamilton, 1829
Apodemus hirtensis (Barret-Hamilton, 1829)
Mus islandicus Thienemann, 1824

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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