The meander tail mouse harbors a recessive mutation on chromosome 4 that affects the anterior lobes of the cerebellum and the caudal vertebrae. Examination of the mea/mea cerebellum reveals that the complete disorganization of all cell types seen in the anterior lobes is separated by a sharp and consistent boundary from the normal cytoarchitecture of the posterior lobes. In the absence of any biochemical information regarding the affected gene product, attempts to clone the gene must rely on the strategy of reverse genetics. As an initial step in this process we have constructed a genetic linkage map spanning 68 cM of chromosome 4 using an intersubspecific phenotypic backcross. The loci included in this analysis are Calb, Ggtb, Lv, b, Ifa, mea, D4Rp1, Glut-1, Lck, Lmyc-1, and Eno-1. This analysis positions the mea phenotypic locus in the interval between Ifa and Glut1. These results also further define regions of homology between mouse chromosome 4 and human chromosomes 8, 1, and 9. This linkage map provides the means to evaluate candidate genes, and to identify tightly linked markers useful for cloning the meander tail locus.