Area of distribution and damage of the Fat Dormouse Myoxus glis Linnaeus

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1:20 000 000.

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It is created after information taken from the open published literature and maps of scale 1:3 000 000, 1:10 000 000 . 70 000 000 и 1: 300 000 000


"Alber's Equal Area Conic for the USSR", 9, 1001, 7, 100, 0, 44, 68, 0, 0.

Basic content:

Vector map consisting of two layers. Area and zone of pest damage are shown by polygons.

Accuracy of the classifier:

The zone of low pest damage is allocated where the Fat Dormouse causes higher local damage to vineyards and orchards than the standard economic threshold of damage.

Method of map production:

Cartographical materials from accessible publications are analyzed. The area of distribution shown on a map by Hutchins et al. (2003) is unduly reduced, not including the east and Cis-Caucasian parts of the distribution zone. Therefore, the earlier map from the handbook of V.E. Flint (1970) is taken as a prototype. Its detailed elaboration is executed with the use of cartographical materials from a number of publications (Bobrinskii et al., 1965; Lozan, 1970; Likhachev, 1972; Airapetyants, 1983; Bezrodnii, 1991; Pavlinov et al., 2002). Besides, the data from the last review for this species (Baskevich, 2005) are used. At present, the Fat Dormouse distribution within its area is spotty. It covers territories situated on the left bank of Dnestr river and central districts in Moldova; the Carpathian Mountains, some western regions, the forest-steppe in the Dnepr basin, and the zone of deciduous forests in its northern part, in Ukraine. The Fat Dormouse inhabits also some districts of Lithuania, Latvia and Byelorussia. In Russia, this species of dormice can be met in Bryansk Region and adjacent territories, at the head of Don river, and in more eastern territories situated on the right bank of Volga from Saratov Region in the South to Vladimir Region in the North. The species is known only in Samara Region, considering the territories situated on the left bank of Volga. The Fat Dormouse distribution in Bashkortastan, Chelyabinsk Region, and in the southern part of Sverdlovsk Region, shown on a map by Pavlinov et al. (2002), is not supported by other data. E.g., the Hazel Dormouse is only specified in the list of Chelyabinsk Region mammals (Anon., 2006). The fat Dormouse is common and numerous in the Caucasus, where it inhabits the territories to the upper border of mixed forests at height up to 2000 m above the sea-level. The zone of low pest damage covers the last region only. Correction of its contours has been carried out with use of the vector map of grape distribution according to Koroleva et al. (2003) and also the vegetable distribution map (Chikov, 1983). Deciduous forests, an optimal habitat for the Fat Dormouse, are taken as a landscape indicator.

Reference citations:

Airapetyants A.A. 1983. Dormice. Life of our birds and animals. N.5. Leningrad: Leningrad State University, 191 p. (in Russian).
Anon. 2006. Mammals (beasts) of Chelyabinsk region. List of 2006. [Online] Available at: (in Russian).
Baskevich M.I. 2005. Fat dormouse Glis glis (Linnaeus 1766). [Online] Available at: (in Russian).
Bezrodnii S.V. 1991. Distribution of dormice (Rodentia, Gliridae) in Ukraine. Vestnik zoologii 3: 45-50 (in Russian).
Bobrinskii N.A., Kuznetsov B.A., Kuzyakin A.P. 1965. Keys to Mammals of the USSR. Moscow: Prosveshchenie, 382 p. (in Russian).
Chikov P.S., ed. 1983. Atlas of areas and resources of herbs of the USSR. Moscow: GUGK, 340 p. (in Russian).
Flint V.E., Chugunov U.D., Smirin V.M. 1970. Mammalians of the USSR. In: Formozov, A.N., ed. Moscow: Mysl., 437 p. (in Russian).
Hutchins M., Kleiman D.G., Geist V., & McDade M.C., eds. 2003. Grzimek.s Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd edition. Vol. 16, Mammals V. Detroit et al.: Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 586 p.
Koroleva I.E., Vilchevskaya E.V., Rukhovich D.I. 2003. Digital Corn, Barley and Rice Distribution Map. Laboratory of Soil Information of the Dokuchaev Soil Institute, Moscow, Russia.
Likhachev G.N. 1972. Spread of dormice in the European part of the USSR. In: Kucheruk V.V., ed. Fauna and ecology of rodents. N.11. Moscow: Moscow University, p. 71.115 (in Russian).
Lozan M.N. 1970. Rodents of Moldavia (eds. Averin Yu.B. and Gromov I.M.). Vol. I. Kishinev: Izdatel.stvo Akademii Nauk Moldavskoi SSR, 171 p. (in Russian).
Pavlinov I.Ya., Kruskop S.V., Varshavskii A.A. & Borisenko A.V. 2002. Land animals of Russia. In: Dunaev E.A. & Mikhailov K.G., eds. Manual-Identification book. Moscow: KMK, 298 p. (in Russian).

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