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Apomys, commonly known as earthworm mice, is a genus of rodent endemic to the Philippines. Mice belonging to this genus are generally called Philippine forest mice and can be found on most islands of the Philippines except in Palawan, the Sulu Archipelago, and the Batanes and Babuyan group of islands.

Temporal range: Recent
Apomys gracilirostris.jpg
Large Mindoro forest mouse (Apomys gracilirostris)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Apomys
Mearns, 1905
Type species
Apomys hylocetes
Mearns, 1905

Apomys abrae
Apomys aurorae
Apomys banahao
Apomys brownorum
Apomys camiguinensis
Apomys datae
Apomys gracilirostris
Apomys hylocetes
Apomys insignis
Apomys iridensis
Apomys littoralis
Apomys lubangensis
Apomys magnus
Apomys microdon
Apomys minganensis
Apomys musculus
Apomys sacobianus
Apomys sierrae
Apomys zambalensis

Apomys mice weigh from 18g to 128g. The tail is longer or nearly equal the length of the head and body. The soft and thick fur of these mice is darker on the back while the front fur is paler, often nearly white with a moderate orange yellow wash. The hind feet are moderately long and narrow, have six plantar pads, and have digits 2–4 notably longer than digit 5 and the hallux. All species have two pairs of inguinal mammae.[1]


Seventeen species are known:[2][3][1][4]

The species generally inhabit narrow ecological niches with small endemic ranges.


  1. ^ a b Heaney, L; Balete D; Rickart E; Alviola P; Duya M; Duya M; Veluz M; VandeVrede L; Steppan S (2011). "Seven New Species and a New Subgenus of Forest Mice (Rodentia: Muridae: Apomys) from Luzon Island". Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences. doi:10.3158/2158-5520-2.1.1. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  2. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ Heaney, L.R.; Tabaranza B.R., Jr. (2006). "A new species of forest mouse, genus Apomys (Mammalia: Rodentia: Muridae), from Camiguin Island, Philippines". Fieldiana Zoology. 106: 14–27. doi:10.3158/0015-0754(2006)106[14:ansofm];2.
  4. ^ Heaney, L.R.; Balete, D.S.; Veluz, M.J.; Steppan, S.J.; Esseltyn, J.A.; Pfeiffer, A.W.; Rickart, E.A. (2014). "Two new species of Philippine forest mice (Apomys, Muridae, Rodentia) from Lubang and Luzon Islands, with a redescription of Apomys sacobianus Johnson, 1962". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 126 (4): 395–413. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.395.