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PDF | The ecological flexibility of the garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) enables it to live from the sea level in the Mediterranean area up to m a.s.l. . Eliomys quercinus is found throughout Europe to Asia to North Africa. It is also found in Finland. Garden dormice were introduced into Britian by the Romans in . Eliomys quercinus in Mammal Species of the World. Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (Editors) Mammal Species of the World – A.

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Bitume and 3 referees for comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. If they build a nest from scratch, it may contain leaves and grass. The number of chromosomes for each karyotype is represented by a symbol: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. Incongruities between the chromosomal races and phylogenetic structure occurred in the Alpine clade in which individuals with both 52 and 54 chromosomes were found.

Share on Facebook Tweet Send email. The altricial young open their eyes at three weeks of age Nowak, The existence of hybrid individuals between chromosomal races and the presence of several chromosomal races within each mitochondrial lineage both indicate that gene flow persists between chromosomal races.

Haplotypes were assigned to the different groups independently from the information about chromosomal races to allow the comparison of the results gathered by both approaches.

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Estimation of divergence times between mitochondrial lineages. The role of chromosomal rearrangement in mammalian speciation with special reference to Cetacea and Pinnipedia. Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: Comparative karyotype studies between Spanish and French populations of Eliomys quercinus L.

Similarly, the comparison of nucleotide, haplotype, and genetic divergence values within versus between clades revealed that most of the nucleotide differences distinguish the different clades Table 2.


The tails of European dormice have brown, black and white coloration on them. The karyotype of each haplotype is represented by a color: The observed decline in population size may be caused by the increase in monoculture agriculture and the use of pesticides, which reduce the amount of food available for dormice, and by competition with the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus Cristaldi and Canipari ; Macdonald and Barrett We identified the geographic origin of the island populations based on the phylogenetic proximity of insular haplotypes to continental haplotypes Fig.

Walker, These animals are likely to be important in local food webs, acting both as predators and prey to a variety of other animals, thereby affecting their populations. Conversely, 2 different chromosome races 46 in Morocco and 48 in Israel [ Table 1 ] belong to the same mitochondrial lineage clade 1suggesting that gene flow also persisted after the segregation into distinct chromosome races and may still persist at present.

It is particularly common in southern Europebut its quercnus extends into the north. Garden dormouse biology The garden dormouse, which is thought to be most active at night, is reported to move with agility in trees, but can also often be found on the ground 2.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Molecular phylogeography of European Sciurus vulgaris: Garden dormouse Eliomys quercinus. Studies on the Qufrcinus chromosomal variation of Mus quetcinus domesticus Rodentia, Muridae in Greece.

When October comes, the daily naps increase in length until the animal enters a dormant state. Eliomys quercinus may displace birds when they take over the nest site to use it. The divergence of the mainland Italian, the Corsica and Sardinia, and the Dalmatia subclades was estimated at 4. It is also found in Finland.

The Iberian clade was further differentiated into 2 distinct allopatric subclades in Portugal subclade 3a, This terrestrial biome includes summits of high mountains, either without vegetation or covered by low, tundra-like vegetation.


Eliomys quercinus lives in steepe deserts, hollow trees, rock crevices, and human dwellings.

Eliomys quercinus (Linnaeus, ) – Lérot – Overview

In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa. Aligned sequences provided bp for analysis, of which sites were variable and 71 quwrcinus parsimony informative.

Relationships between mitochondrial lineages and chromosomal races. Italian peninsula, Dalmatia southern CroatiaRomania, St. Note that posterior probabilities under 0. Further evidence for gene flow among chromosomal races can be found in eliomsy Africa.

Eliomys quercinus communicate using vocalizations, including whistles, growls, or snores. They become independent at two months of age, but do not fliomys sexual maturity until the next year. Our results 1st showed that populations of E. The Akaike information criterion and Bayesian information criterion were both used in jModelTest 0.

The large genetic differentiation, and related divergence time, found between the 2 clades of E. Geographic distribution of samples quecinus Eliomys quercinus and E. Asdell, ; Burton and Burton, ; Nowak, Eliomys quercinus has a body length of to mm.

Both reconstructions showed a high differentiation between clades and supported the same topology between subclades, except for the median-joining network that linked the clades of E. Eliomys quercinus is found throughout Europe to Asia to North Africa.

The Italian lineage of G. Other foods include fruit, hazel quercnius, chestnuts, acorns, pine seeds, bark, and eggs. Like other dormice, the garden dormouse is an agile rodent, known for its ability to accumulate querccinus and hibernate for long periods 3.