Chinese dormouse

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Chinese dormouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Subfamily: Leithiinae
Genus: Chaetocauda
Wang, 1985
Species: C. sichuanensis
Binomial name
Chaetocauda sichuanensis
Wang, 1985

The Chinese dormouse or Sichuan dormouse (Chaetocauda sichuanensis) is a species of dormouse found in subalpine mixed forests in northern Sichuan, China. It is known only from two captured female specimens taken in the Wanglang Natural Reserve, and was first described by Wang Youzhi in 1985 and relisted by Corbet and Hill (1991, 1992) under a new genus as Chaetocauda sichuanensis. It is currently the only member of the genus Chaetocauda. The two specimens had head and body lengths of 90mm and 91mm and tail lengths of 92mm and 102mm, respectively. They weighed 24.5 and 36.0 g. It is nocturnal and arboreal, nesting in trees around 3 metres above the ground, and was found above an altitude of 2500m above sea level. It is classified as endangered by the IUCN as of the 2004 Red List due to its small, isolated habitat. [1]

References[edit]

  • Liné1 (2008). Chaetocauda sichuanensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 10 July 2009. Listed as DataDeficient (DD v2.3)
  • Corbet, G.B. & Hill, J.E. 1991. A World List of Mammalian Species, Third edition. Natural History Museum Publications & Oxford University Press, London and Oxford.: v-viii, 1-243.
  • Wang, Youzhi. 1985. A new genus and species of Gliridae. Acta Theriologica Sinica, Vol. 5 (1985), pp. 67-75.

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