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1) Eliomys quercinus in Belgium (N. Vleugels)

I'm a student biotechnology at K.H.K in Geel, Belgium. In connection to my thesis I'm investigating the Garden Dormouse, Eliomys quercinus. Please, can you give me information about this dormouse. More specific about habitat, behaviour, way of living, conservation, relationship human- garden dormouse, investigation methodes, ... Thank you,

Nele Vleugels
Proosthoevebaan 10A
2290 Vorselaar

2) Dormice in the House (H. Luzius)

I live in Mainz in a small settlement. My house is fully acreted with wine plants and many dormice are living here. In summernights I sometimes see 2-3 individuals sitting in the wine looking through the windows. One can hear the noise they make in the night. I like them very much, but when it gets colder outside they come into the house .

I often have more than one of them in the house and unfortunately they make nonsense: Throwing coffee from the board, falling into the marmelade and running over the carpet. Last week one was holding his tail into a candle, afterward he is sitting under the cupboard and railing (at 3.00 o'clock in the night!)

So I had to start to capture them in a live trap. Most of them are very tame and I can feed them by hand. To release them in the garden is not a good idea because next day they are back in the trap. (I colour-marked them with a edding). Now I release them in the cemetery five kilometers away. Last week I captured 6 of them. I can't find all the holes were they came in (and never mind - I don't want to). But if they get to bold I send them to the cemetery :-)

Regards Heinz

Heinz Luzius
Project Coordinator
HOT Telecommunications (Deutschland) GmbH
a company of Hughes Network Systems Europe
Ottostrasse 9, D-64347 Griesheim, Germany

3) Ventral "reddish" fur colour of dormice (W. Haberl)

At the 4th Dormouse Conference in Edirne, Dr. B. Kryštufek and myself showed a video showing Glis glis from Slovenia that had a bright yellow-orange colour on the belly. I remember that we also discussed this with the participants, but came to no firm conclusion.

In January and February this year (2002) Boris Kryštufek, Rod Baxter and I trapped Graphiurus murinus in two localities in the Republic of South Africa. In one locality the dormouse bellies were almost pure white, whereas in the second locality all dormice (same species) showed a bright rusty coloured ("reddish") y-shaped tinge on the chest. We currently have no explanation for this, but will present our results at the 5th International Dormouse Meeting this year, hoping for a productive discussion.

Skinner and Smithers, in their book "Mammals of the Southern African Subregion", state that individuals from the Eastern SA Cape have this colour due to consumption of earwigs...

Any similar observations on dormice, which we could include in our report, would be most appreciated.

Please mail to:
Werner Haberl

Dormouse Bibliography: New Publications

Juskaitis, R. 2001. Frequency and demographic parameters of white-tipped common dormice Muscardinus avellanarius. Acta Theriologica 46(4): 385-392.

Paillat G., Rognant F., Deunff J. & Butet A. 2000. Habitat isolation and genetic divergence of bank vole populations. Z. Saeugetierkunde, 65: 55-58.

Spitzenberger, F. 2002. Mammal Fauna of Austria. Book (895 pages, format 17 x 23, German) and CD-ROM (German and English version). Published by austria medien service Graz; ISBN 3-85333-063-0

Dormouse Links

Hi Werner,
Would you like to put a link to our dormouse site on yours. Have a look at

Best wishes,
Tony Mitchell-Jones


1) 8th International Conference Rodens et Spatium

The 8th International Conference "Rodens & Spatium" will be held 22 - 26 July 2002 at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Initiated in 1987 at Lyon, France, this biennial series focuses on the general biology of rodents relative to their environment, and includes : ethology, ecology, biogeography, taxonomy, evolutionary or conservation biology. Rodens & Spatium conferences typically attract 100-200 participants from 20-40 countries with a worldwide representation.

The meeting is participant-friendly and open especially to young scientists from a broad variety of cultures and disciplines, united around a common organism : the rodent. The official language of the Conference is English but we are sensitive to the difficulties this poses for nonnative English speakers.

A friendly atmosphere, multi-cultural setting, modern topics and an affordable price are key features for the continuing success of the Rodens & Spatium Series during its almost 15 years of existence.

For further information :
Contact Professor Éric Le Boulengé, Environmetry and Geomatics Unit and Biodiversity Research Centre, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Croix du Sud, 2, B.P. 16, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Or visit the Web site of the Conference : It contains the provisional scientific and social programme, the list of already registered participants and of the members of the Scientific Committee including the Invited speaker, Prof. Herwig Leirs.

Owing to the late posting of this announcement (many thanks to Werner Haberl who suggested posting the announcement here !), if you have learned about the Conference via this announcement, mention it in your registration (available Online on the Web site) and we will not apply the fee increase until 7th of June, 2002.

Prof. Eric Le Boulengé
Chairman, 8th International Conference
Rodens & Spatium
Biodiversity Research Centre,
Environmetry and Geomatics Unit,
Place Croix du Sud, 2, B.P. 16,
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

2) 2nd Meeting on Small Mammal Research in the Alpine Region

This meeting will take place at the "Naturmuseum Suedtirol, Bindergasse 1, I-39100 Bozen (Italy).
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2002.

If interested,
Contact (asap) for registration:

Nadia Cazzolli

3) MAMMAL2005 (= ITC9)

The next International Mammalogical Congress will be held in Japan (probably in Sapporo). If you are interested in the preparation process of the congress, please contact (e-mail address stripped for the online version)

It is a great pleasure to inform you that the Congress Committee for MAMMAL2005 (the 9th International Mammalogical Congress; formerly the International Theriological Congress:ITC) has been launched. The Congress Committee will periodically inform you about the preparation of MAMMAL2005 through E-mail and the web page (, which is now under construction.

Though we are now managing E-mail addresses based on members lists of the 7th, 8th ITC and several mammalogist organizations, we would like to renew the list of addresses for MAMMAL2005 under your permission. Please reply to us to get the periodical information about MAMMAL2005. If you have a colleague who is interested in MAMMAL2005, please recommend him/her to contact us.

Koichi Kaji and Takashi Saitoh (Secretary General)
Tomoko Takahashi (Secretary)

4) 4th European Congress of Mammalogy

Dear colleagues,
It is with pleasure to announce that the 4th European Congress of Mammalogy will be held in 2003 at Brno, Czech Republic. The first information and the pre-registration form are now available on the website Any questions about organisation should be directed to this email address. I hope that the congress will be of interest for you and I am looking forward to meeting you in Brno next year.

Sincerely yours,

Jan Zima
Organising Committee

5) 5th International Conference on Dormouse

The Vth International Conference on Dormice
Gödöllő University, Agricultural Sciences, Hungary
26-29 August, 2002

This Conference will be held at the Szent István University of Gödöllő, near Budapest (Hungary). The meeting will begin on Monday August 26th and end on Thursday August 29th.. It will include a mid-conference excursion plus optional post- conference excursions. The official language of the Conference will be English. The proceedings will be published in Journal Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.

The conference programme will have sessions devoted to ecology, conservation, physiology, behaviour and other appropriate topics. There will be a poster session and two practical workshops.

Accommodation during the conference will be in student rooms, approximate total cost ranging from about US$80, including food (if three share one room) to US$180 for single occupancy, superior accommodation. The conference fee will be approximately US$100 (with possible reductions for full time students and non - EU delegates, details will be given in the Second Conference Circular in March) and will cover conference administration costs, coffee, abstract book and mid conference excursion. The deadline for booking, with a non-refundable deposit, will be July 1st 2002.


If you would like to register your interest in attending the 5th International Dormouse Conference in August 2002 and if you would like to receive a copy of the Second Circular, please visit and submit the registration form to the Conference Secretariat.

The Secretariat, 5th International Dormouse Conference:

Postal address:
Botond Bakó
Szent István University
Department of Zoology and Ecology
Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1.

University Web site:

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