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member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents.
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 slightly larger than the common mouse, found in North America and N Asia, also called the kangaroo mouse. Its long hind legs and tail enable it to leap distances up to 12 ft (3.7 m). Jumping mice have gray to brown fur and are white underneath. They can scurry as well as leap and are good swimmers. Solitary, nocturnal animals, they are found in marshes and on stream banks in coniferous and deciduous forests of both coasts of North America and also in fields and pastures. Two genera, Zapus and Napaeozapus, are North American, ranging from the Arctic Circle S to New Mexico and Tennessee; a related genus, with one species, Eozapus setchuanus, the Szechuan jumping mouse, is native to China. Jumping mice feed on a diet of grass seeds, fruit, and insect larvae. They gain weight in autumn and hibernate in fur-lined burrows during winter. Litters, containing from three to six young, are born in late spring. Jumping mice are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Zapodidae.
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Napaeozapus insignis (Woodland Jumping Mouse; AJ389535) was used as an outgroup for the partitioned Bayesian and concatenated ML analyses.
Some landowners indicated a willingness to help the Preble's Meadow jumping mouse upon hearing it was endangered, presumably because they wished to help an endangered species.
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What of the endangered Preble's meadow jumping mouse? Monitoring data shows increased distribution in the bank area.
In John Steptoe's retelling of the Native American legend of The Story of Jumping Mouse (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard), we meet a compassionate little mouse who gives away all his gifts to relieve the sufferings of others.
Sometimes (1980), Mother Crocodile (1981, text by Diop), and The Story of Jumping Mouse (1984) are done in a realistic style, some in color and some in sepia, and are overlaid with a speckling effect.
The National Park Service has approved Jumping Mouse Camp (JMC) to guide people with disabilities and illnesses on Colorado River raft trips.
Species taken at Willow Slough and Newport but not at Goose Pond were the masked shrew Sorex cinereus, the western harvest mouse Reithrodontomys megalotis, and the meadow jumping mouse Zapus hudsonius.
This analysis was not performed on the North American least shrew (Cryptotis parva), southeastern shrew (Sorex longirostris), and meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) due to small samples.
Extensive human development and rapid habitat degradation of riparian ecosystems along the eastern plains-foothills interface of Colorado and southeastern Wyoming (Compton and Hugie, 1993; Ryon, 1997; Hafner, 1997; Shenk, 1998) resulted in the threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (United States Department of the Interior, 1998) of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) in 1998.