The coat is gray or brown, with a white underside. The garden dormouse can be recognized by black eye markings, relatively large ears, short hair, and a white tassel at the end of the tail. It is particularly common in southern Europe , but its range extends into the north. The species is also present in northern Germany, but that population is apparently not capable of large-scale reproduction.
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In birds, naked and helpless after hatching. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Vegetation is dominated by stands of dense, spiny shrubs with tough hard or waxy evergreen leaves.
May be maintained by periodic fire. In South America it includes the scrub ecotone between forest and paramo. More specifically refers to a group of organisms in which members act as specialized subunits a continuous, modular society - as in clonal organisms.
Vegetation is typically sparse, though spectacular blooms may occur following rain. Deserts can be cold or warm and daily temperates typically fluctuate. In dune areas vegetation is also sparse and conditions are dry. This is because sand does not hold water well so little is available to plants. In dunes near seas and oceans this is compounded by the influence of salt in the air and soil. Salt limits the ability of plants to take up water through their roots.
Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Convergent in birds. The act or condition of passing winter in a torpid or resting state, typically involving the abandonment of homoiothermy in mammals. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes.