Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Myoxidae > Genus: Dryomys > Species: Dryomys nitedula

Forest dormouse - Dryomys nitedula (Pallas, 1778)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Poor
Black Sea - Good
Boreal - Unknown
Continental - Good
Mediterranean - Good
Pannonian - Poor
Steppic - Good
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 1342


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Baumschläfer German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bosslaapmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Drevesni polh Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Driomio Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Erdei pele Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Forest dormouse English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gjumashi i pyllit Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gorski puh Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Karagöz Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Koszatka Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lérotin French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Metsäunikeko Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Metsunel Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Meza susuris Latvian Latvian NRC
Muscardino balcánico Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Plch lesní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Plch lesný Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Trädsovare Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tresyvsover Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Trjásvæfla Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Træsyvsover Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus nitedula Pallas, 1778
Myoxus dryas Schreber, 1857
Eliomys nitedulus Thomas, 1906

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

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Released Coverage Envelope File
2015-07-31 Greece Habitats Directive Article 17 29_12_2014 submission GR GR_species_reports-15723-10453.xml
2014-01-07 Hungary HU_Art_17_report_2013_second round_10_31 HU_species_report_art17
2014-01-04 Romania RO Art.17 2007-2012 Report from 31 December 2013 RO_species_reports.xml
2013-12-30 Lithuania Third LT report on Art.17,2007-2012 LT_species_reports-131230-135438.xml
2013-12-27 Bulgaria BG_habitats_report_2007-2012 Species reports
2013-12-20 Germany German national report 2013 DE_species_reports.xml
2013-12-17 Slovakia Art 17 report for the period 2007 - 2012 - second delivery SK_species_reports-131217-132945.xml
2013-12-16 Slovenia SI_Article_17_Report_2013_2nd_submission SI_species_reports-131216-13555.xml
2013-12-09 Poland Habitats Directive Art. 17 Report PL_species_reports.xml
2013-12-04 Italy 3rd Italian national report 2013 IT_species_reports.xml
2013-10-18 Latvia LATVIA_2007-2012 LV_species_reports-131018-113252.xml
2013-10-11 Austria Art 17 HD AT_species_reports-13916-161758.xml
2013-08-23 Czechia CZ_Rep_HDArt17_2013_2nd_submission:corrected CZ_species_reports.xml
2008-04-10 Germany German national report Dryomys nitedula
2008-03-21 Slovenia Article 17 Report Dryomys nitedula
2008-03-05 Italy Italy Dryomys nitedula
2008-03-04 Hungary delivery_report_art_17_HU Dryomys nitedula
2008-03-03 Lithuania Buveiniu direktyvos igyvendinimo ataskaita Species questionnaire for Dryomys nitedula
2008-02-22 Greece Hellas Species questionnaire for Dryomys nitedula
2008-02-22 Austria Article 17 report Austria Species questionnaire for Dryomys nitedula
2008-02-22 Slovakia report under habitats directive Dryomys nitedula
2007-10-02 Latvia LATVIA 2001-2006 Dryomys nitedula
2007-10-01 Czechia Species and Habitats Species questionnaire for Dryomys nitedula
2007-10-01 Poland Report on Implementation Measures Species questionnaire for Dryomys nitedula
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