Armenian birch mouse

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Armenian Birch Mouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dipodidae
Genus: Sicista
Species: S. armenica
Binomial name
Sicista armenica
Sokolov & Baskevich, 1988

The Armenian Birch Mouse (Sicista armenica) is a species of rodent in the Dipodidae family.

Description[edit]

It is a small rodent, like the mouse, the average weight of 10 g and up to 9 cm long, excluding the semi-prehensile tail, which slightly exceeds the length of the body. The body is brown, darker in the upper region.

Biology[edit]

The species shows nocturnal and feeds on seeds, berries and insects. Shifts in the ground with small jumps and can easily climb on the bushes and trees due to its semi-prehensile tail. The nest, oval shaped, is made of plant remains in a shallow hole dug by the animal itself.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is endemic to Armenia, found in mixed forests of coniferous and broadleaf trees in the area upstream of the river Marmarik.

Status and Conservation[edit]

The Zoological Society of London, on the basis of evolutionary uniqueness and smallness of the population, considers Armenian Birch Mouse one of the 100 species of mammals at greatest risk of extinction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baloyan, S., Shenbrot, G. & Bukhnikashvili, A. (2008). Sicista armenica. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 17 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of endangered
  • Holden, M. E. and G. G. Musser. 2005. Family Dipodidae. Pp. 871-893 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.