The genus Peromyscus has been an important model in the studies of phylogeography, speciation, chromosomes, genetics, and evolution in general. In recent years, it has become notorious in the western United States as a carrier of the hantavirus.
There is a different mammal by the name of "Mouse Deer," a relatively primitive ungulate of minuscule size. The deer mouse is common in the American Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, where the species is known to carry Hantavirus.
Cotton Mice (Peromyscus Gossypinus) in Southern Illinois: Evidence for Hybridization with White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus Leucopus
Jan 01, 2002; ABSTRACT.-the sampled sixty bottomland forest patches in the six southwestern-most counties in Illinois to determine the current...