This observed mating behavior suggests kin-recognition plays a role in dispersal and inbreeding avoidance in golden mice, similar to white-footed mice
(Lackey et al., 1985; Wolff et al., 1988; Keane, 1990; Pusey and Wolf, 1996), and perhaps dispersal, although dispersal was not quantified for our study.
But in every experiment involving white-footed mice
, the sperm clustered specifically with their brothers.
In July and August, rodent trapping revealed that 82% of white-footed mice
(Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque) and 80% of the short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda (Say)) were infested with ticks.
Specifically, temperature was negatively related to probability of detecting white-footed mice
and short-tailed shrews (Table 2).
Especially this time of year, when house, deer and white-footed mice
invade our homes.
Similar to Hahus & Smith (1990), we found that white-footed mice
fed upon cicadas.
The "emergence" of this disease led to detailed ecologic studies of vector ticks in the genus Ixodes, which transmit the pathogen Borrelia burgdosferi from white-footed mice
showed significantly greater mean ingestion, assimilation, and respiration values than did golden mice, suggesting greater movement and feeding behavior under field conditions.
Sublethal parasites and host energy budgets: tapeworm infection in white-footed mice
. Ecology 70:904-921.
Samples of white-footed mice
used in this study were collected in the northern end of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, on the west bank of the Mississippi River at English Turn Bend (river mile 78).
Identification and recent distribution of white-footed mice
in New England.
That lurks inside white-footed mice
and white-tailed deer.
McDonough helped determine that deer weren't the only carriers of the tick-borne illness; any warm-blooded animal including white-footed mice
, dogs and humans could carry it.
A total of 79 small mammals was trapped at Naval Support Activity Crane, Martin County, Indiana, including 23 short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda), 21 least shrews (Cryptotis parva), 11 prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster), 7 southeastern shrews (Sorex longirostris), 5 smoky shrews (Sorex fumeus), 4 meadow jumping mice (Zapus hudsonius), 3 white-footed mice
(Peromyscus leucopus), 2 meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus), 2 pygmy shrews (Sorex hoyi), and 1 bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi).
In an article published in the February 2003 issue of Conservation Biology, he and his team found that important Northeastern tick host species such as white-footed mice
fared better when forest tracts were smaller than five acres, and that the infection rate of ticks was much higher in the small tracts.