Roachs mousetailed dormouse

Myomimus roachi

SUBFAMILY

Leithiinae

TAXONOMY

Myomimus roachi (Bate, 1937), Mount Carmel, Israel. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Dormouse; French: Loir myomime, loir d'Ognev; German: Mausschläfer; Spanish: Lirón colipelado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.4-4.7 in (6.1-12 cm), tail 2-3.7 in (5.3-9.4 cm); weight 0.7-1.9 oz (21-56 g). Color is ocher and gray, white underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

Southern Bulgaria and western Turkey. HABITAT

Open areas with trees, such as the edges of fields and gardens.

BEHAVIOR

Not a specialized tree dweller, this species appears to spend most of its time on the ground.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Seeds, nuts, fruits, grain, insects, eggs, and small vertebrates. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Seven pairs of mammae suggest large numbers of offspring. Breeding biology largely unknown.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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