Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse

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Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Myomimus
Species: M. roachi
Binomial name
Myomimus roachi
(Bate, 1937)
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Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse's range

The Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse or ground dormouse, also known simply as the mouse-tailed dormouse, (Myomimus roachi) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family. It is found in Bulgaria, Turkey and possibly extreme eastern Greece.


Historically found in Turkey and south-eastern Bulgaria. As oak and walnut trees were removed for agriculture and forestry its distribution became restricted to a few small spinneys in Edirne, north-west Turkey.[1]


Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse lives in scrub and semi-open habitats with trees or bushes such as orchards, vineyards, hedgerows in arable land and river banks. Old trees are essential element in their habitat because it uses hollows of old trees to sleep during the day or rest for a little time at night.


The mouse-tailed dormouse is nocturnal which means that they are active at night. It is active from 1-2 hours before sunset til 1-2 hours after sunrise. The mouse-tailed dormouse is not strictly arboreal, it uses both trees and ground for moving and feeding. It also uses open areas such as grasslands, cereal fields and even recently plowed agricultural land for moving and searching for food, which makes it easier food for predators.The same animal uses few different trees with hollows for resting, and one tree can be used for one or more consecutive days. The same tree hollows are used by different individuals at different time.[2]

Local names[edit]

  • Bulgarian мишевиден сънливец /misheviden sǎnlivets/ (lit. "mouse-like sleeper"), български мишевиден сънливец /bǎlgarski misheviden sǎnlivets/ (lit. "Bulgarian mouse-like sleeper"), български сънливец /bǎlgarski sǎnlivets/ (lit. "Bulgarian sleeper")
  • Greek μυωξός του Roach (lit. "Roach's dormouse")
  • Turkish yer yediuyuru (lit. "ground seven-sleepers"), farebenzeri yediuyur (lit. "mouse-like seven-sleepers"), faremsi uyur (lit. "mouse-like sleeper"), sıçankuyruklu fındıkfaresi (lit. "mouse-tailed hazel-mouse"), boz kakırca (lit. "gray dormouse")


  1. ^ Diker, Halim Yalçın (December 2013). "Remote Revelations". BBC Wildlife: 62–7. 
  2. ^ Yaban Hayat Researches, Halim and Ebru Diker

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