Armenian birch mouse
|Armenian birch mouse|
Sokolov & Baskevich, 1988
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.
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
Status and Conservation
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.
- Baloyan, S.; Shenbrot, G. & Bukhnikashvili, A. (2015). "Sicista armenica". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T20185A78394077. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-1.RLTS.T20185A78394077.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of endangered