Spectacled dormouse

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Spectacled dormouse
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Graphiurus
Species: G. ocularis
Binomial name
Graphiurus ocularis
(Smith, 1829)

The spectacled dormouse or namtap (Graphiurus ocularis) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family, and one of four dormouse species endemic to South Africa.

It has a bushy, squirrel-like tail, a fairly short muzzle, small ears and soft fur. Its face is marked with white and grey, with dark rings (spectacles) around its eyes. Its cheeks, underparts and the upper surfaces of its paws are white. Its tail is also usually tipped with white.

Its distribution is restricted to western South Africa, and it is associated with rocky habitats, as well as trees and outbuildings. It is nocturnal and an agile climber. Its diet consists primarily of seeds, other plant material and invertebrates.

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