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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The breeding season for forest dormice varies throughout the species’ range. These behaviors make these animals difficult prey to find. The Forest dormouse Dryomys nitedula Pallas, However, during the winter they do go through a period of torpor for a certain amount of time each day. The threat to the population stems mainly from the destruction of forest habitat throughout their range. Mack, ; Obuch, On average, each female gives birth 2 to 3 times a year. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Dryoomys.

Hopefully, this will nitedla available shrubbery for dormice to occupy. Haberl, Each offspring weighs approximately 2 g at birth. Its distribution inside the area is sporadic.

Until they nitrdula independent, it is likely that the mother provides them with food milkgrooming, and protection. Body weights range from 18 to 34 g.

Forest dormouse – Wikipedia

Forest dormice typically assemble temporary nests, which are often poorly constructed and flimsy. Forest dormice produce a variety of noises for a variety of reasons.


It was given the name Eomaia, drhomys means ancient mother. The Forest Dormouse frightens away insectivorous birds, borrowing artificial nests, ruining their eggs, and eating nestlings. Recently, a fossil of a dormouse-like mammal was discovered.

A black stripe passes from nose to ear, surrounding eye. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. Helminth communities of wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus on the river Avena Calabria, southern Italy. The Dryomys’s tail is more dryomyss in color than that of Eliomys.

Accessed November 01, at http: The outside of the nest is made from leaves and twigs. Dryomys nitedula is nocturnal, occurs at low densities, and individuals are very careful to not travel away from brushy cover. Haberl, This species constructs in trees.

Term of reproduction period varies in different geographical areas, appreciably depending on duration of hibernation. Stefano niteduoa Aspromonte RCItaly.

Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Mammals typically use tactile communication during mating, conflict, and rearing of young. English Nature has been running a reintroduction program that has been reintroducing captive-bred dormice since to areas where populations were at one time plentiful.

Paola Arduino 1. The common name for Eliomys is the garden dormouse. In the beginning of the 20th century, the dormice caused essential damage to orchards, especially in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Moldova, and western Ukraine.

Life of our birds and animals. Haberl, English Nature has been running a reintroduction program that has been reintroducing captive-bred dormice since to areas where populations were at one time plentiful.


Dormice are also preyed upon by pine martenstone martenswildcatsowls and crows. In Israel, the breeding season extends from March to December. The Forest Dormouse Dryomys nitedula is a small rodent with a wide, albeit severely fragmented distribution, ranging from central Europe to central Asia.

Forest dormouse

Forest dormice are very aggressive. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Mack, ; Obuch, Known Predators tawny owls Strix aluco Eurasian eagle-owls Bubo bubo Ecosystem Roles Forest dormice may play a role in controlling poulations of arthropods that make up a significant part of their diet.

Chinese dormouse Chaetocauda sichuanensis. They choose dense shrubbery or lower branches of trees in which to make a nest. There was no specific data on the positive economic significance for humans of D.

Zoologicheskii zhurnal 72 The gestation period lasts days; 2 to 9, more oftencubs are born. It makes sense not to move from an area if it is providing for your most basic needs. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Forest Dormouse Dryomys nitedula populations in southern Italy belong to a deeply divergent evolutionary lineage: Mammal Species of the World: Because this species provides food for predators such as owls, forest dormice may have some positive impact on populations of these predators.