This species is found in southeast Bulgaria through Thrace (Kurtonur and Ozkan, 1990) and western Turkey (Storch, 1978). The exact limits are unknown in western Anatolia, where the species is presently known from only three separate localities. The species was first described as a fossil species in 1937, and was only described as an extant species in the late 1940s. Subfossil information from southern Turkey and Israel indicated a larger range over the last few thousand years. The last published records in Bulgaria are from 1985.
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Throughout its distribution the vast majority of suitable habitat has been converted to intensive agriculture, and the species' range is severely fragmented and subject to ongoing losses (SW Asia workshop 2005).
It is very difficult to determine what is happening with the range because it is the exact habitat preferences are not known. It has been declining since the Pleistocene. Only 50 animals are known in collections. The region in European Turkey and Bulgaria is intensively cultivated, with very little natural habitat remaining.
Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse
Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse, also known simply as the mouse-tailed dormouse, (Myomimus roachi) is a species of rodent in the Gliridae family. It is found in Bulgaria, Turkey and possibly eastern Greece.
Historically found in Turkey and south-eastern Bulgaria. As oak and walnut trees were removed for agriculture and forestry its distribution became restricted to a few small spinneys in Edirne, north-west Turkey.
- Diker, Halim Yalcin (December 2013). "Remote Revelations". BBC Wildlife: 62–7.