Details of this species in Macquarie Is. (sub-Antarctic)
Source: Springer, 2006
Species Notes for this Location:
House mice (Mus musculus) are considered to have arrived on Macquarie Island within the first few years of European discovery - having come ashore in the stores and equipment landed by sealing gangs.
Management Notes for this Location:
Ecosystem change: Despite sporadic work on the impacts of house mice (Mus musculus) on Macquarie Island, little is known of their direct ecological impact. Research on their typical food sources shows that they feed on invertebrates plus some plants and seeds. They are distributed throughout the island including the upland fellfield and grassland communities.
Despite video evidence of mice eating albatross chicks on (sub-Antarctic) Gough Island, this behaviour has not been recorded on Macquarie Island. However mice are not a part of a natural ecological system on Macquarie Island and are likely to mainly effect invertebrate populations and plant associations.
Last Modified: 18/04/2007 2:37:28 p.m.