Japanese dormouse

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Japanese dormouse
ヤマネGlirulus japonicus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Subfamily: Glirinae
Genus: Glirulus
Thomas, 1906
G. japonicus
Binomial name
Glirulus japonicus
(Schinz, 1845)

The Japanese dormouse (Glirulus japonicus) is a species of rodent in the family Gliridae endemic to Japan. It is monotypic within the genus Glirulus.[2] Its natural habitat is temperate forests. In Japanese, it is called yamane (ヤマネ or山鼠). Among dormice, it has the special ability of running at great speed upside down, suspended from branches. Its main food is insects, berries, nectar, or pollen.


  1. ^ Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y. (2008). "Glirulus japonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 Jan 2009.
  2. ^ 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.