Glirulus japonicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Glirulus japonicus
Species Authority: (Schinz, 1845)
Common Name(s):
English Japanese Dormouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread, although not a common species, and there are no known threats overall.
1996 Endangered
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Japan, where it is found on Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Dogo Island (Oki Islands).
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Population [top]

Population: A widespread species, but not common. The local population density is estimated to be 0.8/ha in some areas (Abe, et al., 2005).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in mature primary and secondary forests in lower montane to subalpine zones (Abe, et al., 2005). It is mostly arboreal and nocturnal, and eats insects, fruits, birds eggs and other small animals (Abe, et al., 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It was designated a natural monument in Japan in 1975. It is present in protected areas.

Citation: Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y. 2008. Glirulus japonicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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