Asian garden dormouse

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Asian garden dormouse
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Eliomys
Species: E. melanurus
Binomial name
Eliomys melanurus
(Wagner, 1839)

The Asian garden dormouse (Eliomys melanurus) is a species of rodent in the family Gliridae. It is found in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas and gardens. It is found from low altitudes to 3800m in the Atlas mountains. Is active throughout the year but can enter a state of torpor during hot days. Diet consists mainly of insects, snails, centipedes and geckos but as an omnivore it will also eat plant matter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aulagnier S.; P. Haffner, A. J. Mitchell-Jones, F. Moutou & J. Zima (2009) Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, A&C Black, London.
  • Aulagnier, S. 2004. Eliomys melanurus. 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.