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. It tends to inhabit arboreal nesting sites to avoid interspecific competition with the small Japanese field mouse (Apodemus argenteus) because of their sympatric relationship.[3]


  1. ^ Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y. (2008). "Glirulus japonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 4 Jan 2009.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  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.
  3. ^ Nakamura-Kojo, Yumena; Kojo, Nobuaki; Tamate, Hidetoshi B. (8 April 2016). "Spatial Differences in Arboreal Activity of Two Rodents, the Japanese Dormouse ( Glirulus japonicus) and the Small Japanese Field Mouse ( Apodemus argenteus )". Annales Zoologici Fennici. 53 (1–2): 81–90. doi:10.5735/086.053.0207. ISSN 0003-455X. S2CID 87216233.