Care of Mastomys in the laboratory

Jodi Scholz, Steven Wilson

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Mastomys rodents occupy a valuable niche in biomedical research, but there is very little published information regarding how to care for them in the laboratory. Here we provide information about the physical and behavioral characteristics of this unusual laboratory rodent, its taxonomic history, common diseases that affect it, and its use in research. We also provide housing recommendations based upon almost 15 years of experience successfully maintaining a colony of Mastomys coucha at our institution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalLab Animal
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 20 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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