Japanese dormouse

Glirulus japonicus

SUBFAMILY

Myoxinae

TAXONOMY

Glirulus japonicus (Schinz, 1845), Japan.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Loir du Japon.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.5-3.1 in (6.5-8 cm), tail 1.5-2.1 in (4-5.5 cm); weight 0.5-1.4 oz (14-40 g). Color is pale olive brown with a darker stripe along the spine.

DISTRIBUTION

Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu Island.

HABITAT

Mountain forest.

BEHAVIOR

Arboreal and nocturnal. Known to hibernate in buildings and birdhouses.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Seeds, fruits, insects, and bird eggs.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

An average of four young born in June-July after a month-long gestation.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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