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Range Description. Dryomys nitedula is found from Switzerland in the west through eastern and southern Europe, Asia Minor and the Caucasus to central. Mammal Species of the World – A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN IUCN: Dryomys nitedula (Pallas, ) (Least. Species: Dryomys nitedula; Common name: Forest dormouse; Synonyms: Eliomys angelus, Myoxus dryas, Myoxus intermedius, Dyromys milleri, Myoxus pictus.

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In the beginning of the 20th century, the dormice caused essential damage to orchards, especially in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Moldova, and western Ukraine. Mack, ; Nowakowski, Key Behaviors arboreal nocturnal motile sedentary hibernation daily torpor solitary territorial Range territory size In birds, naked and dgyomys after hatching.

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Forest dormouse – Wikipedia

A chromosomal study of two dormouse species from Turkey. The different perception methods that forest dormice use are visual, tactile, ultrasound, and chemical. Paola Arduino 1. Haberl, Biogeographic Regions palearctic native Xryomys Forest dormice are found in dense forests, usually deciduous and mixed forests, as well as thickets at elevations of up to m.

Njtedula the genus containing the forest dormice, see Dryomys. This species has a natural tendency to create temporary nests which are fragile. However, the program components are used to observe and track all species of dormice.

Dryomys nitedula

Individuals claim relatively large plots of land and live at very low densities, usually only 2 to 3 adults per acre. The oldest skull and skeleton fossil for a placental mammal is only 75 million years old.


On average, each female gives birth 2 to 3 times a year. They are spherically shaped with a diameter between mm to mm.

ADW: Dryomys nitedula: INFORMATION

This species is most likely to be found in dense forests. Glirulus Japanese dormouse Glirulus japonicus. Term of reproduction period varies in different geographical areas, appreciably depending on duration of hibernation. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. Also the English government has begun to award farmers incentives to replant hedgerows which are very important to the habitat of forest dormice.

The population is mostly threatened by the destruction of forests which is their habitat. Mammal Species of the World: Forest Dormouse Dryomys nitedula populations in southern Italy belong to a deeply divergent evolutionary lineage: The length of head and body is mm; the tail is mm long, the hind feet are mm long.

The breeding season for forest dormice varies throughout the species’ range. They are present throughout Europe and range as far south as northern Africa and as far east as Japan. Communication Channels visual tactile acoustic chemical Perception Channels visual tactile ultrasound chemical Food Habits Forest dormice are omnivores. The common name for Eliomys is the garden dormouse. The area covers the territory of Europe from the Alps southward, including the Balkan Peninsula, northward to the Baltic Sea, and eastward to Volga and the Ural Mountains.

International Wildlife In Europe the young will wait until after their first winter to mate. The beginning of reproduction period dates to the first weeks after the hibernation termination; i.

Chemical communication can be important in individual identification, as well as in reproductive contexts. Forest dormice utilize cultivated areas such drylmys gardens and also rocky meadows.


The combination of both of these aspects allows for this species to have its highest needs met. Animal food is essential in ration. Woolly dormouse Dryomys laniger Balochistan forest dormouse Dryomys niethammeri Forest dormouse Dryomys nitedula.

Accessed November 01, at http: Distribution and ecology of the Forest dormouse Dryomys nitedula Pallas, in Tajikistan. Two more differences between the two are the braincase for Dryomys is more rounded and the auditory bullae is smaller than that of Eliomys. The fossil has skeletal features that are closer to modern placentals than to marsupials.

Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Its biggest competitors are those species which eat similar types of food and who live in the same kind of habitat. Haberl, ; Mack, Primary Diet omnivore Animal Foods birds eggs insects terrestrial non-insect arthropods Plant Foods leaves seeds, grains, and nuts fruit Predation Dryomys nitedula is nocturnal, occurs at low densities, and individuals are very careful to not travel away from brushy cover.

nitfdula There are many programs in place to help maintain and increase the forest dormice population. These usually exist 1 to 7 m above ground level and have diameters of to mm. This species is considered endangered in the Czech Republic and as rare in a majority of the other European countries.