Kellen's dormouse

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Kellen's dormouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Graphiurus
Species: G. kelleni
Binomial name
Graphiurus kelleni
(Reuvens, 1890)
Synonyms
  • Graphiurus olga (Thomas, 1925)
  • Graphiurus parvus (True, 1893)

Kellen's dormouse (Graphiurus kelleni) is a species of rodent in the family Gliridae. It is native to tropical Africa where its range extends from the Gambia and Senegal to Kenya and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, and moist or dry savannah.

Description[edit]

Kellen's dormouse has a head-and-body length of between 75 and 150 mm (3.0 and 5.9 in) and a bushy tail of 50 to 110 mm (2 to 4 in). The upper pars are grey, brown or tawny, the underparts are pale and the head has large ears and a dark mask surrounding the eyes.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Kellen's dormouse is native to tropical western, central and eastern Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It is found in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It occupies a range of habitats including dry forests and both moist and dry savannah.[1]

Ecology[edit]

Kellen's dormouse is an active animal, scrambling about in trees and pouncing on its living prey, which includes insects and other invertebrates, small vertebrates, birds' eggs and carrion. Its diet also includes seeds and fruit. It is nocturnal and builds a nest into which it retreats during the day.[2] Apart from briefly in the breeding season, it is a mostly solitary animal. It makes a number of shrill vocalisations, including both warning signals and communication signals, but little is known of its behaviour.[3]

Status[edit]

Kellen's dormouse is a common species known from a range of habitat types. It has a very wide range and no specific threats have been identified, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schlitter, D. & Grubb, P. (2015). "Graphiurus kelleni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Jonathan Kingdon (2015). The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals: Second Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 248. ISBN 978-1-4729-2531-2.
  3. ^ Jonathan Kingdon; David Happold; Thomas Butynski; Michael Hoffmann; Meredith Happold; Jan Kalina (2013). Mammals of Africa. A&C Black. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-4081-8996-2.
  • 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.