Japanese dormouse

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Japanese dormouse
ヤマネGlirulus japonicus.jpg
Scientific classification

Thomas, 1906
Binomial name
Glirulus japonicus
(Schinz, 1845)

The Japanese dormouse (Glirulus japonicus) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family. It is the only species in the genus Glirulus. It is endemic to Japan. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. In Japanese it is called Yamane (山鼠). It has the special ability of running at great speed upside down, underneath branches. Its main food is nectar or pollen, although nursing females will eat small insects.

References[change | change source]

  • 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.
  • Ishii N. & Kaneko Y. (2008). "Glirulus japonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 04 Jan 2009. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)