Albinism of the tail-tip in the house mouse (Mus musculus Linn.)



In a recent paper Corbet (1963) summarized the occurrence of white hairs in the tail-tips of a number of species of British mammals using specimens from the collection of the British Museum (Natural History). In the series of 47 house mice referred to by Corbet no white tail-tipped examples were noted, and I can find no published record of this condition in this species. Between March and May 1964 I collected or received specimens from a number of South Yorkshire coal-mines and amongst this collection of 94 were seven which showed tail-tip whitening to some extent. Over 70 of these mice were prepared as cabinet skins with skulls and they have been deposited in the collection of the Doncaster Museum.