Introducing the Mouse Species Ethogram
A species ethogram is a complete list of species-specific behaviors, describing the elements and function of each behavior performed by the animal. Behaviors in the species ethogram may be combined, excluded, or emphasized in the design of ethograms used for particular research questions (such as assaying aggressive behavior, or abnormal behavior). Ethograms are described in more detail in about ethograms; and ethograms specific to particular research questions, and protocols for different assays are outlined in methods and protocols. The general organization of each behavior page is described in Understanding behavior pages.
Some Further Subtleties
This ethogram is a consensus of previously published partial ethograms (detailed in Ethogram Comparison). Because an ethogram can be reorganized according to the research question, there's no 'right' way to organized the behaviors in an ethogram. Here we list behaviors according to their circadian rhythm, or their typical sequence of occurrence within a subcategory.
However we could equally well have split behaviors in social and asocial categories, which would have meant that some behaviors would be classified under different headings (for instance group sleeping can be organized under inactive or under affiliative interactions), or any one of many other organizational schemes (for instance, agonistic interactions are organized by their sequence here, but could have equally well been organized by their function, as is described in escalated aggression and mediated aggression). The pages for overall classes of behavior indicate when this is the case.