Garden dormouse

Eliomys quercinus

SUBFAMILY

Leithiinae

TAXONOMY

Eliomys quercinus (Linnaeus, 1766), Germany. Fourteen subspecies. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Orchard dormouse; French: Lerot; German: Gartenschläfer; Spanish: Liron careto.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 3.9-6.9 in (10-17.5 cm), tail 3.5-5.3 in (9-13.5 cm); weight 1.5-4.2 oz (45-120 g). Color is gray to brown, cream to white underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

Europe from France to western Russia, south to southern Spain and Portugal.

HABITAT

Despite its name, the garden dormouse is most often found in forests. Also cultivated fields, rocky areas, and marshland.

BEHAVIOR

Although an agile tree climber, this species can also live without trees. Recorded feeding and sleeping together in groups.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Largely carnivorous, with insects making up to 89% of diet. Also fruit, especially in fall.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Highly vocal during courtship, with female attracting male using whistling calls.

I Glirulus japonicus I Dryomys sichuanensis I Selevinia betpakdalaensis

Myomimus Roachi

I Myomimus roachi I Eliomys quercinus

CONSERVATION STATUS

Loss of forest habitat has meant this species is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Historically, eaten for food by humans. ‚ô¶

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