Woodland dormouse

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Woodland dormouse
Graphiurus murinus Plzen zoo 02.2011.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Graphiurus
Species: G. murinus
Binomial name
Graphiurus murinus
(Desmarest, 1822)

The woodland dormouse (Graphiurus murinus) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family. It is endemic to South Africa. It is also known as African dwarf dormouse, African pygmy dormouse, or colloquially as micro squirrel.[1] It is found in limited numbers in the pet trade and has complicated care requirements compared to other pet rodents.[2]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical, moist montane forests and rivers.


  1. ^ A complete guide to the African Pygmy Dormouse http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/pygmydormouse/index.htm&date=2009-10-26+01:08:17
  2. ^ African Pygmy Dormouse Care at Crittery http://www.crittery.co.uk/index.php/species-index/dormice/african-pygmy-dormice
  • Baxter, R. 2004. Graphiurus murinus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 July 2007.
  • Holden, M. E.. 2005. Family Gliridae. pp. 819–841 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.