Spectacled dormouse

Graphiurus ocularis

SUBFAMILY

Graphiurinae

TAXONOMY

Graphiurus ocularis (Smith, 1829), Cape Province, South Africa. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Graphiure spectaculaire; German: Brillenschlafer. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.7-6.5 in (7-16.5 cm), tail 1.9-5.3 in (5-13.5 cm); weight 0.6-1 oz (18-30 g). Color is grayish with markings on the face, paler underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

Cape Province and southwestern Transvaal, South Africa. HABITAT

Wooded rocky areas, generally near water. BEHAVIOR

Territorial pairs and their young occupy sizeable areas of up to 34.5 acres (14 ha).

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

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

Breeds in spring or summer with 4-6 young per litter.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and declining. SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Formerly more common around human habitation and eaten. Now largely absent because of competition with rats. ♦

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