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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Myoxidae (dormice)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Synapsida (mammal-like reptiles) > Therapsida > Theriodontia >  Cynodontia > Mammalia (mammals) > Placentalia (placental mammals) > Euarchontaglires > Glires > Rodentia (rodents) > Sciurognathi

Species indigenous to southern Africa

Subfamily: Graphiurinae

Graphiurus ocularis (Spectacled dormouse)

Inhabits sandstone rocky habitats in drier regions of the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Eats mainly invertebrates but also seeds and other plant material. Nocturnal, hiding away in the day mainly in crevices between rocks.


Graphiurus kelleni (Kellen's dormouse)


Graphiurus platyops (Rock dormouse)


Graphiurus murinus (Woodland dormouse)


Graphiurus parvus (Lesser savanna dormouse)