Strain Name:
Dominant Spot
Stock Number:
Citation ID:
Other Names:
Whiteface, DSP
Major Collection:

Gene Information

Genotype Determination
Deer mice carrying this mutation typically have a white spot on the center of the forehead. The distal portion of the tail is unpigmented, and extensive areas of all-white hair occur on the ventrum. Hairs in the spotted areas lack pigment entirely. This trait is variably expressed and spotting may include the face, neck and chest. White spotting centers on the midline, but asymmetry occurs in many individuals. The dorso-ventral color discontinuity is more irregular than in the wild-type.
Strain Development
Source: About 1928. Two wild P.m. bairdii trapped from near Morrison IL, showed the trait. Mutant progeny were subsequently maintained at the University of Michigan.
Primary Reference

Feldman HW. Piebald Characters of the Deer Mouse. J Hered. 1936;27(8), 301-304.

For more information, please see Dominant Spot on the Peromyscus Genetic Stock Center website.

Colony and Husbandry Information

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Coat Color
Homozygous (S/S) and Heterozygous (S/+): Typically have a white spot on the center of the forehead.

MMRRC Breeding System
Not applicable; only cryopreserved sperm is available. The parent colony was sufficiently large to use a random breeding scheme
Breeding Scheme(s)
Not applicable; only cryopreserved sperm is available; mice cryorecovered (see below) can be bred Wild-type female x Wild-type male
Overall Breeding Performance
Peromyscus mice breed best in a 16:8 light / dark cycle.
Average litter size
Recommended wean age
25 days

Order Request Information

Male mice were obtained from the Peromyscus Genetic Stock Center as part of a long term project to develop cropreservation techniques for Peromyscus. Sperm have been cryopreserved and are available. However, cryorecovery techniques have yet to be developed.

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