Japanese dormouse

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

The Japanese dormouse (Glirulus japonicus) is a species of rodent in the family Gliridae. It is monotypic within the genus Glirulus.[citation needed] It is endemic to Japan. 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 or berry or nectar or pollen.


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