Nedko Nedyalkov at the International Dormouse Conference

Nedko Nedyalkov presents findings of Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse at the International Dormouse Conference in Liege, Belgium, 2017 (Photographs: Nedko Nedyalkov & Dennis Wansink).

Nedko Nedyalkov presents findings of Roach’s mouse-tailed dormouse at the International Dormouse Conference in Liege, Belgium, 2017 (Photographs: Nedko Nedyalkov & Dennis Wansink).

Thanks to several private donations and a grant of the organizing committee, Nedko Nedyalkov could present his findings about the extremely rare Roach’s mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) at the 10th International Dormice Conference in Liege, Belgium. We hereby thank the generous donors.

Herewith the abstract of Nedko’s presentation:

“In Europe five dormouse species are found. The mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) occurs only in south-eastern parts of the Balkans and several isolated locations in western Anatolia. It is one of the rarest dormouse and rodent species in the Western Palearctic. Its biology and ecology are poorly studied and little known. Here, we present results from our work on this species in its entire distribution range in Bulgaria and Turkey, conducted for the last 10 years. We present results from the first radio-tracking research on this species conducted in Turkey on 1 male and 2 female dormice. The preliminary results show that the male has a home range almost twice that of the females. The mouse-tailed dormouse occupies holes in old trees (oaks, walnut trees and pear trees) at 1.5-2 m height. Data on its activity are collected by radio-tracking and trail cameras. Probably the species aestivates or reduces its activity in hot and dry periods. We discuss our findings on the current status, main threats and conservation activities that are conducted in Bulgaria and Turkey.”

See also: Help Bulgarian dormouse researcher and Rare dormouse finally found in Bulgaria

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