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Lariscus insignis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Lariscus insignis
Species Authority: (F.Cuvier, 1821)
Common Name/s:
English Three-striped Ground Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Hedges, S., Duckworth, J.W., Lee, B. & Tizard, R.J.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern as although uncommon, it has a wide distribution, occurs in a number of protected areas, it is tolerant to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This lowland species is found on Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, and southern Thailand, probably below 500 m (Giman and Han pers. comm.), as well as Sumatra and Java (Lekagul and McNeely 1988) and adjacent islands. This species has been recorded up to 1,500 m.
Countries:
Native:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak); Thailand
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not common (Han pers. comm.). This species was rarely found in a survey conducted by Saiful et al. (2001) at the Field Studies Centre of the University of Malaya, Ulu Gombak, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. The vegetation at this site is lowland dipterocarp forest that has been logged twice thus it is a mixture of primary and secondary forest.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a diurnal and terrestrial species (Saiful and Nordin 2004; Saiful et al. 2001). It is found mostly in tall, primary forest, but can tolerate secondary habitat (Han and Steinmetz pers. comm.). In Gunung Gading it probably feeds on the buds of Raffleisa flower (Han pers. comm.). It is found in limestone hills in Kanthan Ipoh in Peninsular Malaysia (Han pers. comm.). There is a recent record from lowland evergreen forest in Kuiburi National Park at about 300 m (Steinmetz pers. comm.). It is believed that they have a specialized diet, preferring cool areas (Han pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species can tolerate secondary forest (but not all secondary habitats), thus there are no major threats to this species (Han pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in severak protected areas, including Gunung Gading National Park, Pasoh Forest Reserve, and Krau Wildlife Reserve (Han pers. comm.), as well as Kuiburi National Park (Steinmetz pers. comm.). It is protected in Indonesia.
Citation: Hedges, S., Duckworth, J.W., Lee, B. & Tizard, R.J. 2008. Lariscus insignis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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