Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 7–10, 2003

Title: An introduction to the Fifth International Conference on Dormice (Mammalia: Gliridae)

Author: P. A. Morris

Author's address: Chairman of the Scientific Organising Committee, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, E-mail:

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 11–18, 2003

Title: Home ranges and habitat use of the Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) in a mountain habitat in summer

Authors: Bertolino, S., Cordero, N. and Currado, I.

Authors' address: Department of Protection and Exploitation of the Agricultural Resources, (Laboratory of Zoology), Via L. da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco (TO), Italy, E-mail:

Abstract: Radio-tracking was used to investigate home ranges, daily resting places and habitat use of the garden dormouse in Scots pine woodland in summer. Males used larger areas than females. Overlaps between ranges suggested a spatial organization during the breeding period in which males partially share their home ranges and overlap with those of females. Dormice nested above ground in holes between rocks and every animal used more than one nest during the radio-tracking period. Most of the active time was spent by animals on the ground, searching for food under hazel bushes and moving through areas with abundant rocky cover, probably for protection from predators.

Key words: resting places, space use, habitat selection, radio-tracking, Italy

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 19–26, 2003

Title: Breeding and biological data for the Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) in eastern Saxony (Germany)

Authors: Büchner, S.*, Stubbe, M.** and Striese, D.***

Authors' addresses: *Ortsstr. 174, OT Friedersdorf, D-02829 Markersdorf, Germany, E-mail:
**Institute of Zoology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Domplatz 4, D-06099 Halle/Saale, Germany
***Uferstr. 19, D-02829 Görlitz, Germany

Abstract: A mark-recapture study was undertaken in Upper Lusatia (Eastern Saxony, Germany) in 1996 and 1997, where data on breeding, daily torpor and parasites of common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) could be gathered by nest box checking and live trapping. Juveniles were born from June to October, so the breeding period lasted for nearly the whole active season of the dormice. Mean litter size was 4.2 among new-born juveniles and 3.6 among 4 to 6 week old nestlings. Single cases of females with a second litter in the same year were recorded, as well females reproducing before their first hibernation. Daily torpor occurred throughout the whole active season. Two species of fleas and one tick were found on common dormice and five flea species were found in nests.

Key words: Muscardinus avellanarius, breeding, daily torpor, ectoparasites, Siphonaptera

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 27–31, 2003

Title: Population dynamics of the Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) in England

Authors: Burgess, M., Morris, P. and Bright, P.

Authors' address: School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, England, e-mail:

Abstract: In a study of the introduced population of the Edible dormouse Glis glis 130 nest boxes and 50 "nest tubes" were checked annually once a month from May to November. Between 1996 and 2001 a total of 465 edible dormice were captured, of which 392 have been marked with PIT tags. Reproductive failure was observed in 1996, 1998 and 2001 when no males developed conspicuous testes nor were females found lactating. Reproduction occurred in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Using the minimum number of animals alive method we determined that population density shows high inter-annual variability with between 0.6–4.1 per hectare but is lower than in continental Europe. In contrast average litter size was 6.8, higher than in their native range. Survivorship did not differ between years or between sexes.

Key words: Glis glis, population dynamics, introduced species, reproductive failure

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 33–38, 2003

Title: Data to the cranial and tooth development of Glis glis orientalis Nehring, 1903 (Rodentia: Gliridae)

Authors: Çolak, E., Yigit, N., Sözen, M. and Özkurt, S.

Authors' addresses: *Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ankara University, 06100 Besevler-Ankara/Turkey, e-mail:
**Department of Biology, Faculty of Art-Science, Karaelmas University, Zonguldak/Turkey
***Department of Biology, Education Faculty of Science, Gazi University, Kirsehir, Turkey

Abstract: Thirty specimens of Glis glis orientalis born in captivity were used in this study. In captivity, animals were fed on hazelnuts, chestnut, apple, biscuit, acorn and sunflower seeds under uncontrolled conditions. Cranial and dentition features were examined from 45 days to 1824 days. At the age of 45 days, teeth were not worn, the cusp pattern of P4 was not recognisable, and the cusps of M3 and M3 had not erupted from dentary. In 126 days old, cusp line of M3 and M3 reached M2 and M2, and the cusp of P4 had developed. In 186 days old, tooth had started to wear.

Key words: Glis glis orientalis, cranial, teeth, Turkey

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 39–44, 2003

Title: Influence of body weight on hibernation of the Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Author: Csorba, A.

Author's address: H-3000 Hatvan, Horváth M. str. 13. Hungary

Abstract: The hibernation of 18 wild-caught dormice was studied in the laboratory under constant condition. The animals were supervised and fed continuously during the experiments. For hibernation they were transferred to a refrigerator with controlled temperature of 5±2ºC. Mortality was 44% during the hibernation, in contrast to 64–74% in nature. Weight loss tended to be linear and a relationship was found between the initial weight and the slope of the regression line. It is suggested that there is a critical mass relating to mortality in the animals that died. The mean initial body weight of surviving dormice was 18.19±3.50 g and of those that perished it was 15.26±3.16 g. This difference is statistically not significant but since it is close to the conventional 5% individual differences have to be calculated within the two groups, e.g. the body size in comparison with body mass, differences in metabolism, etc. Analysing the fine structure of a weight loss graph, hibernation periods could be detected. These seemed to last 4–26 days, the mean was 11 days. The mean body weight loss was 31.3±5.4%.

Key words: hibernation, weight loss, Muscardinus avellanarius

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 45–54, 2003

Title: Distribution ecology of the Hungarian dormouse species, based on the National Biodiversity Monitoring System

Authors: Hecker, K., Bakó, B. and Csorba, G.*

Authors' addresses: Department of Zoology and Ecology, Szent István University
H-2103 Gödöllõ, Páter Károly utca 1, Hungary, E-mail:
*Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum
H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2, Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: Distribution data are presented on the three dormouse species found in Hungary – hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), fat dormouse (Glis glis) and forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula). Data were collected, partly within the framework of the National Biodiversity Monitoring System. Data sources included several natural history museums, faunal publications, monitoring of bird nest boxes and our own field work. Records were obtained for 554 hazel dormice, 239 fat dormice and for 64 forest dormice. These represent 212 of the 10×10 km grid UTM-squares of Hungary, covering 23.7% of the squares with arboreal vegetation. The distribution maps were compared to the vegetation map of Hungary showing the different forest types. The results showed that dormice occurred mostly in sessile oak (Quercus petraea) dominated forests, but all three dormouse species were also found in woods dominated by introduced tree species, mostly black-locust/false acacia (Robinia pseudo-acacia). The hazel dormouse occupies a very wide spectrum of habitable forest types, but the fat dormouse occurs in fewer forest types. The forest dormouse appeared in drier forests. The difference between the occurrence in native and introduced forest types is least in the case of the forest dormouse.

Key words: dormouse, distribution, UTM-map, forest type

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 55–62, 2003

Title: New data on distribution, habitats and abundance of Dormice (Gliridae) in Lithuania

Author: Juskaitis, R.

Author's address: Institute of Ecology, Vilnius University, Akademijos 2, LT-2600 Vilnius, Lithuania

Abstract: Four species of dormice occur in Lithuania. M. avellanarius is widely distributed across almost all of Lithuania and lives in mixed and deciduous forests. The number of known M. avellanarius localities is continually increasing. However the population density of M. avellanarius is comparatively low in Lithuania, averaging only 1 ind./ha in spring and 3 ind./ha in autumn. At present, G. glis is known to occur at nine localities in Lithuania, mostly situated along the valleys of the two biggest Lithuanian rivers, Nemunas and Neris, and their tributaries. Extinction of G. glis from some localities has occurred due to the felling of oak-woods and mature forests containing old oak-trees. Lithuania is situated at the north-western edge of the distribution range of D. nitedula, and only two known populations occur in Lithuania. The current status of E. quercinus in Lithuania is unclear. In 1957–1959, this species was known to occur in southern Lithuania. However despite special searches, E. quercinus were not found in this locality recently. G. glis, D. nitedula and E. quercinus are included in the Red Data Book of Lithuania.

Key words: dormice, distribution, habitats, abundance, Lithuania

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 63–68, 2003

Title: Some histological characteristics of the Fat Dormice incisors in the Gorski Kotar area (Croatia)

Authors: Konjevic, D.*, Keros, T.**, Brkic, H.***, Slavica, A.*, Janicki Z.* and Margaletic, J.****

Authors' addresses: *Chair for Game Biology, Pathology and Breeding, Veterinary Faculty, University of Zagreb, Heinzelova 55, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, E-mail:
**Croatian Veterinary Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
***Department for Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
****Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Abstract: The fat dormouse (Glis glis) is an indigenous game species of Croatia, especially in the area called Gorski Kotar. Morphological and histological characteristics of teeth are determined by both genetic and functional factors but investigations of dormice teeth are extremely rare in the recent literature. Thirty dormice, collected from May to the end of October 2001, in the areas known as Mrkopalj and Delnice, both in the Gorski Kotar, were used to examine some physical and histological characteristics of the incisors. Jaws were separated from the skull, marked and stored in formalin, and then embedded in methylmetachrylat. We then made thin slices on which we measured histological characteristics of the enamel and dentine. The enamel of the incisors is built up in two layers. The basis of the enamel structure is enamel prisms, which differ in their course, direction and inclination, thus giving a striped appearance (diazone and parazone). Our results indicate that the enamel is thicker in the lower than in the upper incisors of these dormice. In the upper incisors the enamel is thickest in the medial layer of the crown, while in the lower incisors it is thickest in the cervical portion of the crown. The results of this study point to some statistically important values in comparison to statements in the literature.

Key words: fat dormouse, incisors, enamel

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 69–76, 2003

Title: Long term study of the reaction of the Edible Dormouse Glis glis (Rodentia: Gliridae) to climatic changes and its interactions with hole-breeding passerines

Authors: Koppmann-Rumpf, B., Heberer, C.* and Schmidt, K.-H.

Authors' address: Ecological Field Centre of J. W. Goethe-University Frankfurt, Schlagweg 19
D-36381 Schlüchtern, Germany, *E-mail:

Abstract: This study is based on data collected in the course of a long-term study focusing on hole-breeding passerines in Frankfurt city and a low mountain range 70 km north-east of Frankfurt, Germany. Regular nest box checks have been carried out throughout the whole year in different sample areas, consisting of 2000 nestboxes, since 1969. Besides the collection of data on birds like the Great Tit (Parus major), bats and insects the occurrence of Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) and Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) was registered. To investigate whether interspecific competetion occurs, data from 6 sample areas with a total of 1190 nestboxes have been analyzed. The data show that mean population densities of G. glis during the birds" breeding season have increased. While most species of hole-breeding passerines start their breeding period on average one week earlier due to higher temperatures in spring, G. glis appears on average four weeks earlier in the nest boxes. This leads to an increase in predation of eggs or juvenile birds. The Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), a migratory bird and a late breeder, is especially affected.

Key words: global warming, competition, Glis glis, Parus major, Ficedula hypoleuca

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 77–84, 2003

Title: First record of the Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) in Slovenia

Author: Krystufek, B.

Author's address: Slovenian Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 290, SI–1001 Ljubljana and
Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia Koper, Garibaldijeva 18, SI-6000 Koper, Slovenia, E-mail:

Abstract: A Garden dormouse collected in September 2000 at Dane near Stari trg pri Lozu (580 m above sea level), south-central Slovenia, is the first record of this species for this country. By its black subterminal ring on the ventral side of the tail, this specimen resembles the Dalmatian subspecies Eliomys quercinus dalmaticus. The Dalmatian race is known from Mediterranean habitats along the north-eastern Adriatic coast, but previous records from further inland are not supported by voucher specimens and are thus doubtful. The specimen from Dane is the first indisputable record for the continental region. Three other dormouse species occur in the same region: Glis glis, Dryomys nitedula, and Muscardinus avellanarius.

Key words: Eliomys quercinus dalmaticus, first record, Slovenia, distribution

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 85–97, 2003

Title: Population biology of the Edible Dormouse Glis glis in a mixed montane forest in Central Slovenia over three years

Authors: Krystufek, B.,* Hudoklin, A.** and Pavlin, D.

Authors' addresses: *Slovenian Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 290, SI–1001 Ljubljana, and Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia Koper, Garibaldijeva 18, SI-6000 Koper, Slovenia. E-mail:
**Dormouse Club "Polh", c/o PO Box 290, SI–1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract: We monitored the population biology of the Edible dormouse over three years (1999–2001) by monthly checks of nest boxes. The study took place in a semi-natural montane forest of beech Fagus sylvatica and fir Abies alba in the Dinaric Alps of south-central Slovenia. This report is based on 440 captures of 316 individual dormice. Only 29.4% of specimens were recaptured, 78.5% of which were obtained only once after they were marked and released. The highest annual densities (given as a number of individuals per 100 nest boxes) of adults were in July or August: 23.5 (1999), 25.8 (2000), and 47.8 (2001). Reproduction was recorded in 1999 and 2001, but not in 2000, which makes the high density in the subsequent summer of 2001 surprising. Autumn juvenile densities were much higher than adult ones: 86.7 (1999) and 123.2 (2001). The sex ratio of adults tended to be male skewed in the first half of the season and female skewed later. Juvenile sex ratio was mainly balanced (1:1), however the predominance of males was significant in early October 1999. Litters of young varied between 1–10 per nest box (mean = 4.9, N = 24) in early September. Communal nesting was not recorded.

Key words: Glis glis, nest boxes, capture-mark-recapture, population density, reproduction, sex ratio

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 98–108, 2003

Title: Autumn population density of the Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) in the mixed montane forest of Central Slovenia over 33 years

Authors: Krystufek, B. and Zavodnik, M.

Author's address: Slovenian Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 290, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia and Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia Koper, Garibaldijeva 18, SI-6000 Koper, Slovenia, E-mail:
Dormouse Club "Krim", Preserje 59, SI-1352 Preserje, Slovenia

Abstract: Data were obtained during traditional autumn trapping of the Edible dormouse Glis glis in the mixed montane forests of central Slovenia, between 1968 and 2000. Altogether 2235 dormice were trapped in 4335 trap nights. Fifteen years were of low population density, three years were of medium density and fifteen years were of high density. The mean duration of a low density phase was 1.50±0.707 years (range 1–3; N = 10) and of a high density was 1.25±0.452 years (range 1–2; N = 12). The mean interval between low densities was 1.56±1.014 years (range 1–4; N = 9) and between high densities was 1.55±0.820 years (range 1–3; N = 11). Thus, on average, approximately 1.5 years of high density were followed by a similar period of low density, a pattern roughly suggesting three years cyclicity. Juveniles strongly predominated in high density years, but not in low density ones. Autoregressive moving average model (ARIMA) time series analysis of population densities did not uncover any pattern, consequently the resulting model had no predictive power.

Key words: Glis glis, population densities, time series analysis

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 109–115, 2003

Title: Cranial epigenetic polymorphism and population differentiation of the Forest Dormouse (Dryomys nitedula Pall., 1779) in Bulgaria

Author: Markov, G.

Author's address: Institute of Zoology, 1 Tzar Osvoboditel, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, E-mail:

Abstract: Variability of non-metric traits was studied on skulls of 75 individuals of the Forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula Pallas, 1779) from three populations located in the Mountain systems: Stara planina – Central Balkans, Vitosha Mountain and mountain territories in Southeastern Bulgaria and populations originating from hill forests in northeastern Bulgaria. The analysis of epigenetic variability of the four groups of D. nitedula, based on 12 epigenetic characters, revealed that it is similar in all the populations studied from the mountain systems varying from Vi = 0.087 to Vi = 0.06208. The epigenetic variability of the population of Forest dormouse from hill forests in Northeastern Bulgaria scores relatively higher than the average for the mountain populations of this species (Vi = 0.10807). The occurrence frequency of the non-metric characters studied was used to determine the mean measure of inter-population divergence. The cranial epigenetic polymorphism found in the Forest dormouse of Bulgaria and its population differentiation reveal the lack of clearly distinct epigenetic population differentiation excepting the population inhabiting the mountain territories in Southeast Bulgaria, where the population expresses the micro-geographic epigenetic fragmentation of the Forest dormouse in Bulgaria.

Key words: epigenetic polymorphism, Forest dormouse, Dryomys nitedula, population differentiation

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 117–124, 2003

Title: Habitat selection of Fat Dormouse (Glis glis italicus) in deciduous woodlands of Sicily

Authors: Milazzo, A., Falletta, W. and Sarà, M.*

Authors' addresses: Department of Animal Biology, Palermo University, Via Archirafi, 18–90123 Palermo, Italy, *E-mail:

Abstract: The population ecology of the Fat dormouse (Glis glis) is poorly known in Mediterranean biotopes. During 1999–2001, we set artificial nest boxes of suitable size in three deciduous woodlands (1200–1600 m a.s.l.): a pure Fagus sylvatica wood, a mixed Q. petraea and Ilex aquifolium and a mixed F. sylvatica and Quercus petraea in the Madonie Regional Park (Sicily) to obtain basic data on the species" ecology. Nest box density was 25 per ha. The Fat dormouse living in Sicily has the typical italicus fur pattern and the smallest body size among the Italian populations. It is, however, slightly larger than G.g. melonii from Sardinia. The Fat dormouse was absent from the sampled pure beech forest, but present in the other two mixed deciduous woodlands. The nest box occupation rate fluctuated according to the production of oak acorns, which is biennial. It was higher during the years of peak production. Occupation of the nest boxes began in early May. From late August to the end of September lactating females with new-born young occupy the nests. Eight litters gave an average of 5.5±1.9 young. Juveniles were present until early December, whereas the adults disappeared in the first days of November. Using a selection index we showed that the Fat dormouse preferred nest-boxes placed in a vegetation structure with dense understorey and high trees. Secondarily it uses nest-boxes placed in the single stratum of high trees. Mixed deciduous woodland with a high (> 12 m) and dense tree canopy seems, from these preliminary data, to be one determinant habitat feature.

Key words: habitat selection, Glis glis, Mediterranean woodlands, Sicily

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 125–130, 2003

Title: A review of research on British Dormice (Gliridae) and the effect of increasing public and scientific awareness of these animals

Author: Morris, P. A.

Author's address: School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, E-mail:

Abstract: Two species of dormice occur in Britain, one native (Muscardinus avellanarius) and one introduced (Glis glis). The latter is localised, but increasing and is often a pest. The former has suffered a long-term decline in numbers and distribution and is now fully protected. Detailed studies of the ecology and conservation requirements of Muscardinus increasingly show the value of this species as a bio-indicator of habitat quality and integrity, with encouraging signs that its occurrence will be monitored systematically as a means of assessing conservation requirements in the wider countryside.

Key words: Glis, Muscardinus, dormice, Britain

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 131–137, 2003

Title: The Fat Dormouse (Glis glis) in Gauja National Park – the most northen locality within the species" distribution range?

Author: Valdis, P.

Author's address: Gauja National Park Administration, Baznîcas iela 3, LV-2150, Sigulda, Latvia, E-mail:

Abstract: This study aimed to summarize and reevaluate Fat Dormouse (Glis glis) records in Latvia and in Gauja National Park in particular. Data were collected during the 1990s mainly by inquiry, including personal communications and some field surveys, as part of data collection for both the Latvian Mammal Atlas and Latvian Red Data Book. Results obtained were compared with the limited published data about distribution of the Fat Dormouse in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although historically and recently Glis has been recorded in various parts of the country, its current distribution is assumed to be restricted to two river valleys in central Latvia. Each valley probably contains a separate micro-population of the Fat Dormouse. The status of records from outside these areas is discussed: they could represent either vagrant specimens or undiscovered micro-populations, or most likely, misidentified animals. Available written sources suggest that the Gauja River valley is currently the most northern (57º20"N) part of the range of the Fat Dormouse. The very rare encounters with Glis and the small number of animals observed suggest that both micro-populations are very scattered.

Key words: Glis, Latvia, distribution

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 139–145, 2003

Title: Status of Dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) in Denmark

Author: Vilhelmsen, H.

Author's address: Zoological Museum, Dronningemaen 30, DK – 5700 Svendborg, Denmark

Abstract: During 1980–2002, investigations on the habitat types and distribution pattern of the Danish populations of the common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) were carried out in Zealand, Funen and selected sites of SE-Jutland. The presence of dormice was investigated directly by observing dormouse visits and nesting activities in nest boxes placed in selected regions and indirectly by searching systematically for summer nests in the vegetation visiting all major woodland areas. A total of 98 forest districts and 248 woods were searched by walking along parallel transects especially after leaf fall. The presence of dormice was confirmed from 31 forest districts, of these 58% in Zealand, 39% on Funen and 3% in SE-Jutland. Typical habitats could be classified as 56% from young woodland growth with scrub, herbs and bushes, 12% from forest regeneration, 26% from marginal areas, 4% in under-storey of high forest and 2% in alternative habitats as fruit-gardens and orchards. The preferred Danish habitat is characterized by permanent stability, high plant diversity, varied groups among trees, a distinctive structure and rich vegetation of herbs and bushes. The regional distribution has been shrinking to few major forest regions or smaller woodland areas too small and isolated from one another for maintaining stable populations. Great effort is now being taken in order to protect the regional Danish dormouse population by means of an action-strategy plan concerning forest management and financial support, a monitoring programme, nest boxes placed to increase the population, genetic analyses and planning faunal bridges by new road and railway constructions.

Key words: Muscardinus avellanarius, habitat requirements, conservation programme, Denmark

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 147–158, 2003

Title: On the Turkish populations of Dryomys nitedula (Pallas, 1779) and Dryomys laniger Felten and Storch, 1968 (Mammalia: Rodentia)

Authors: Yigit, N.*, Çolak, E.*, Çolak, R.*, Özkan, B.** and Özkurt, S.***

Authors' addresses: *Dept. of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, e-mail:
**Dept. of Biology, Faculty of Science – Art, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
***Faculty of Education, Gazi University, Kirsehir, Turkey

Abstract: Dryomys nitedula occurring in Turkish Thrace and Anatolia, and Dryomys laniger were morphologically and biometrically compared to each other. In addition, the blood serum proteins of D. nitedula and D. laniger were examined by the SDS – PAGE technique. There are very small morphological differences among the populations of D. nitedula, but the shapes of the braincase, tympanic bullae and mandible morphologically distinguished D. nitedula from D. laniger. In pair-wise biometric comparisons, nine biometric characteristics were found to differ statistically between D. nitedula (Thrace) and D. nitedula (Anatolia), 16 characteristics between D. nitedula (Turkish Thrace) and D. laniger, 11 characteristics between D. nitedula (Anatolia) and D. laniger (p < 0.05). UPGMA cluster analysis established links between D. nitedula (Turkish Thrace) and D. nitedula (Anatolia) with a distance of 0.042, and D. laniger was connected to this cluster with a distance of 0.084. In the patterns of blood serum proteins, eight or nine bands were identified in the globulin zone, one band in the post-albumin and albumin zones and one or two bands in the pre-albumin zone of both species.

Key words: taxonomy, SDS – PAGE, serum, Dryomys, Turkey

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 159, 2003

Title: The Fat Dormouse (Glis glis L.) as a cause of damage to the Common Spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) in the forests of Gorski Kotar (Croatia)

Authors: Glavac, M., Margaletic, J., Grubesic, M. and Krapinec, K.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 160, 2003

Title: Some morphological parameters and density of the Fat Dormouse (Glis glis L.) hunted in the mountain area of Croatia

Authors: M. Grubesic, K. Krapinec, M. Glavac and J. Margaletic

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 161, 2003

Title: Nestbox grids in studies of the Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) populations: some methodical aspects

Author: R. Juskaitis

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 162, 2003

Title: Observations on two populations of the Woodland Dormouse (Graphiurus murinus) in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa

Authors: Krystufek, B., Haberl, W. and Baxter, R. M.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 163, 2003

Title: Time budget, 24-hour activity and feeding of the Forest Dormouse

Author: W. K. Nowakowski

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 164, 2003

Title: Activity patterns of Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) in three different habitats in Central Italy

Authors: Panchetti, F., Amori, G., Carpaneto, G. M. and Sorace, A.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 165, 2003

Title: Taxonomy of Graphiurus (Mammalia: Myoxidae) based on cladistic analysis of skull traits

Authors: Potapova, E. G. and Pavlinov, I. Ya.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 166, 2003

Title: Home range and activity pattern of the Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) in Central Italy

Authors: Properzi, S., Antonelli, D., Capizzi, D., Carpaneto, G. M. and Riga, F.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 167, 2003

Title: The effect of exposure and height of nest-boxes on grid colonization by the Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Authors: Sarà, M., Falletta, W. and Milazzo, A.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 168, 2003

Title: An extraordinarily preserved fossil specimen of Eogliravus, the oldest known glirid genus

Authors: Storch, G. and Seiffert, Ch.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 169, 2003

Title: Ceratophyllus (Monopsyllus) carniolicus Brelih & Trilar, 2001 new flea species from Glis glis nests

Authors: Trilar, T. and Brelih, S.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 170, 2003

Title: Comparison of the climbing behaviour of Glirulus and Muscardinus

Authors: Vogel, P., Bancala, F., Castella, G., Vega, R., Iwabuchi, M., Nakayama, A. and Minato, S.

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49 (Suppl. 1), pp. 171–177, 2003

Title: "The Dormouse Hollow" – An internet forum promoting research on the Gliridae

Authors: Haberl, W. and Passig, K.*

Authors' addresses: Hamburgerstrasse 11, A-1050 Vienna, Austria, E-mail:
*Weserstrasse 183, D-12045 Berlin, Germany, E-mail:

Abstract: "The Dormouse Hollow" ( is an internet forum designed for zoologists with a special interest in the biology of the Gliridae. It also seeks to provide public awareness of dormice, furnish enjoyable "dormousing" and serve an educational purpose. The pages are composed of numerous contributions by many people who thought it worthwile to share their experience, scientific records and illustrations. An electronic newsletter associated with the site, "Dormouse Talk", at the time of writing goes out to over 173 registered recipients, including scientists, naturalists and the interested public. It is also a means of distributing the titles of new publications, thereby keeping the scientists and others who subscribe up to date with what is going on in the "dormouse world".

Key words: Dormice, Gliridae, internet forum, bibliography

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