Life History AND BIOECONOMY OF THE House Mouse
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 519–550, November 1992
How to Cite
BERRY, R. J. and BRONSON, F. H. (1992), Life History AND BIOECONOMY OF THE House Mouse. Biological Reviews, 67: 519–550. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.1992.tb01192.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Received 1 February 1991, revised 8 July 1991, accepted 14 July 1992
1. More is known about the western European house mouse, Mus (musculus) domesticus than any other non-human mammal. If laboratory and field information is combined, an extremely valuable understanding of the species' bioeconomy could be obtained.
2. The seven stages of mouse life-history are surveyed (up to birth, nest life, sex life, social structure, population statics and stability, senescence, and death), and the interactions between the changing phenotype and the environment are described.
3. These interactions can be used to build up a model of the opportunities and compromises which result in the fitness of individual mice. It is not yet possible to quantify such a model, but this should in principle be achievable.