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 - Favourable
Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Boreal - Unknown
Continental - Favourable
Mediterranean - Unknown
Pannonian - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Steppic - Favourable
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 2007-2012 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

No external data sets available for this species
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