Maghreb garden dormouse

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Maghreb garden dormouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Genus: Eliomys
Species: E. munbyanus
Binomial name
Eliomys munbyanus
(Pomel, 1856)[2]
Eliomys munbyanus range map.png
Distribution of Eliomys munbyanus
Synonyms

Eliomys denticulatus (Ranck, 1968), Eliomys lerotina (Lataste, 1885),[3][4] Eliomys occidentalis (Thomas, 1903), Eliomys tunetae (Thomas, 1903)[5][6][7]

The Maghreb garden dormouse (Eliomys munbyanus) is a nocturnal species of rodent in the family Gliridae.[8][9] It is found in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara. Its natural habitats vary from humid forests to semi-deserts.[7] It is a common species and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated it as being of "least concern".[1]

Description[edit]

The Maghreb garden dormouse is a medium-sized species with moderately long, soft, sometimes woolly, fur. The upper parts are a yellowish or reddish-brown tinged with grey. The underparts are white tinged with grey; there is a clear demarcation line between the two colours. The top of the head matches the upper parts, but the colour becomes paler towards the snout. The large eyes are surrounded by a dark mask. The cheeks are whitish or cream and a streak of the same colour extends to the shoulders. The ears are medium-sized, oval and brown, and there is usually a reddish or pale patch of bare skin behind the ears. The tail is long, has short hair, and is rather variable in colour. The upper side is usually black and the underside pale grey or brownish-white. The base of the tail is similar to the body colour and the tip has longer hairs than the rest of the tail and is white.[10]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Maghreb garden dormouse is native to Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. It is found from sea level to altitudes of 3,800 m (12,467 ft) in the High Atlas Mountains. It occurs in a range of habitats including humid forest, pine forests, mountain cedar forests, coastal dunes and semi-desert, and sometimes enters habitations. It seems to prefer rocky habitats.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Amori, G.; Aulagnier, S.; Hutterer, R.; Kryštufek, B.; Yigit, N.; Mitsain, G.; Palomo, L.J. (2008). "Eliomys munbyanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ CR Hebdomadaire des Séances de L'Academie des Sciences, 42: 653.
  3. ^ Eliomys lerotina Lataste 1885. ION: Index to Organism Names. Organismnames.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  4. ^ Eliomys lerotina. Ubio.org (2006-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  5. ^ Eliomys tunetae. Ubio.org (2006-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  6. ^ Eliomys tunetae. ION: Index to Organism Names. Organismnames.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  7. ^ a b Eliomys munbyanus. Mammal Species of the World. bucknell.edu
  8. ^ Don E. Wilson; DeeAnn M. Reeder (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. JHU Press. pp. 833–. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. 
  9. ^ Eliomys munbyanus. Encyclopedia of Life. Eol.org. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  10. ^ Jonathan Kingdon; David Happold; Thomas Butynski; Michael Hoffmann; Meredith Happold; Jan Kalina (2013). Mammals of Africa. A&C Black. pp. 107–108. ISBN 978-1-4081-8996-2. 

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