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Graphiurus ocularis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Sciuromorpha
Familia: Gliridae
Subfamilia: Graphiurinae
Genus: Graphiurus
Species: Graphiurus ocularis


Graphiurus ocularis (Smith, 1829)


Graphiurus ocularis in Mammal Species of the World.
Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (eds) (2005). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).
IUCN link: Graphiurus ocularis (Smith, 1829) (Least Concern)

Vernacular names
English: Spectacled African Dormouse

The Namtap or Spectacled Dormouse (Graphiurus ocularis) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family, and one of four Dormouse species endemic to South Africa.

It has a bushy, squirrel-like tail, a fairly short muzzle, small ears and soft fur. Its face is marked with white and grey, with dark rings (spectacles) around its eyes. Its cheeks, underparts and the upper surfaces of its paws are white. Its tail is also usually tipped with white.

Its distribution is restricted to western South Africa, and it is associated with rocky habitats, as well as trees and outbuildings. It is nocturnal and an agile climber. Its diet consists primarily of seeds, other plant material and invertebrates.


Stuart C. & Stuart T. 2001. Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa. p. 92. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
Coetzee, N., Griffin, M. & Grubb, P. 2004. Graphiurus ocularis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 July 2007.
Holden, M. E.. 2005. Family Gliridae. Pp. 819-841 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

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