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Dryomys laniger (endemic) (40)
rousettus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
I noted that I was in Aladağ (Antitaurus) Mts for last several days and I came back with shots of nice birds. But I also took some mammal photographs. Second of this series is endemic species. The photo was taken in its natural habitat.

Dryomys laniger Felten et Storch, 1968 - Yünlü (Kaya) Yediuyuru [TR], Woolly rock dormouse [EN]:
is an endemic mammal species of the dormice family Gliridae. D. laniger was described from Antalya Province: 20 km S-SW of Elmalı, Beydağları Mts, Çığlıkara Forest (2000m a.s.l.) by Felten and Storch, (1968).
It has an endemic range in Turkiye and it has been reported only throughout Toros (Taurus) Mts, from Antalya to Erzincan.
It prefers rocky areas in high elavation over tiberline. We found five animals in our last trip above Tekneli Plateau of Aladağlar Mts (c. 3100m a.s.l.). Its records have been came min. 1600m a.s.l. Our last observation is a new altitude record.

It is different other Turkish Dormice, especially D. nitedula, without dark face mark. Its fur is greyish.
It is listed as Near Threatened (NT) in Red List of IUCN.

more information about the species can be Dryomys laniger found under my web page, TURKISH MAMMALIAN FAUNA.

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rousettus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
another pose
Edited by:rousettus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)

Another pose of same animal in its natural biotop.