Découverte d'une nouvelle espèce de souris sur l'i^le de Chypre

Translated title of the contribution: A new species of wild mice on the Island of Cyprus

Francois Bonhomme, Annie Orth, Thomas Cucchi, E. Hadjisterkotis, Jean-Denis Vigne, J C Auffray

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A mitochondrial and nuclear gene analysis allowed us to precise the taxonomical position of the two sympatric species of mice known to be present on Cyprus. One of them is the commensal house mouse M. m. domesticus, and the other revealed to be a new taxon that is a sister species of M. spicilegus and M. macedonicus. The new species is equidistant from each of these, the divergence dating around 0.5-1 Myr. Its origin either results from an ancient accidental colonisation of the island or from a recent transportation by the first epipalaeolithic settlers. In this last eventuality, the new species would also exist somewhere else in Asia Minor. (C) 2004 Academie des sciences. Publie par Elsevier SAS. Tons droits reserves.

Translated title of the contributionA new species of wild mice on the Island of Cyprus
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalComptes Rendus Biologies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2004


  • Mus
  • Cyprus
  • Pleistocene refugia
  • phylogeography
  • mtDNA
  • Abpa gene
  • genus mus
  • colonization
  • sequence
  • Caucasus
  • complex


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