When the catalogue of the recent mammals of Iowa was compiled, (See Proc. Ia. Ac. Science, Vol. XVII, pps. 211 to 218), no record of the Western Harvest Mouse, (Reithrodontomys dychei Allen), could be found for this state, but because they were known to be common in eastern Kansas, they were included as likely to be found in Iowa. In making a study of the fauna of a limited region near Atlantic, I have found them to be abundant there, equaling the common white footed mouse. A few specimens were sent to the Biological Survey at Washington, and in a letter of acknowledgement, Mr. Henshaw said, "We are glad to see the Harvest mouse from that locality, as it fills a gap in its range." The number of specimens taken by the writer establishes the fact that it is not a chance occurrence, but a regular and abundant inhabitant of south western Iowa. Reports from other parts of the state are also at hand, showing this is a common animal.
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Pellett, Frank C.
"The Harvest Mouse in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 19(1), 197-197.
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