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Volume 81, Issue 6


Anomalous coat colour in the fat dormouse (Glis glis): a review with new records

Anežka Holcová-Gazárková
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  • Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Palacký University, tř. 17. listopadu 50, Olomouc, CZ-771 46, Czech Republic
  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Education, Palacký University, Purkrabská 2, Olomouc, CZ-771 40, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2016-12-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0122


We reviewed the available records on aberrantly coloured fat dormice Glis glis and are reporting on two recent cases of flavistic males. We identified five colour variants among nearly 11,000 dormice from throughout their range in Europe and Asia (of these 6174 from Slovenia and Croatia, and 3493 from the Czech Republic). Flavistic dormice come from Slovenia and Czechia (two cases each) while all the remaining colour variants were recorded in Slovenia between 1860 and 2012: melanistic (20 inds.), albino (7 inds.), isabellinus (4 inds.), and individuals with white tail stripes (five cases). The two flavistic individuals from Czechia were captured during a demographic study. Interestingly, the aberrant pelage was gained by both males later in life as in the years of first encounter they had the typical greyish coat colouration.

Keywords: albinism; edible dormouse; flavism; melanism; small mammal


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About the article

Received: 2016-08-30

Accepted: 2016-10-25

Published Online: 2016-12-08

Published in Print: 2017-10-26

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 81, Issue 6, Pages 595–600, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0122.

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