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Peromyscus melanophrys

Plateau Deermouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

The tail of the Plateau Deermouse is longer than its head and body, covered with hair, and tufted at the tip. These deermice are semiarboreal, and eat fruit: they can be seen after dusk climbing Joshua trees and prickly pear cactus, eating the fruit. They are noisier than most deermice, squeaking as they climb and forage. They locate their round, woven-grass nests in the thorns of desert plants and have litters of about three young.

Range: Head and Body: 106-123 mm; Tail: 130-155 mm

Range: 38 g


Coues, E., 1874. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 26:181.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peromyscus melanophrys