Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Myoxidae > Genus: Muscardinus > Species: Muscardinus avellanarius

Common dormouse - Muscardinus avellanarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1341


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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

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BE35032C0 Belgium Bassin ardennais du Viroin Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Common dormouse English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gjumashi i lajthise Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Haselmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hasselmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hasselmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hasselmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hazelmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Heslimús Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hieselmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lazdu susuris Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mazais susuris Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mogyorós pele Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Moscardino Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Muscardin French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Muscardino Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Orzesznica Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pähkinähiiri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pähklinäpp Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Plch lieskový Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Plšík lískový Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Podlesek Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Puh orašar Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Mus avellanarius Linnaeus, 1758
Myoxus murscardinus Schreber, 1782
Mus corilinum Fatio, 1869
Muscardinus pulcher Barret-Hamilton, 1898
Myoxus speciosus Dehne, 1855
Muscardinus trapezius Miller, 1908

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 National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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