Lariscus obscurus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Lariscus obscurus (Miller, 1903)
Common Name(s):
English Mentawai Three-striped Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly included in insignis (Chasen 1940) or niobe (Chasen and Kloss 1927). This species is part of the rodent fauna endemic to the Mentawai Archipelago.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-10-13
Assessor(s): Gerrie, R. & Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Lunde, D.P. & Aplin, K.
This species is listed as Near Threatened since its extent of occurrence (EOO) is approximately 13,317 km² and its habitat might be declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii). However more research into its ecology to understand how tolerant this species is to habitat modification.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found only on Mentawai Archipelago (Siberut, Sipora, North and South Pagai islands) off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia (Sumatera)
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is probably abundant on Siberut island.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species probably prefers scrublands, but is able to tolerate human disturbance and has been found in secondary forest and forest edges (Thorington et al. 2012). It is diurnal and terrestrial and nests in burrows or fallen trees (Thorington et al. 2012).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat degradation, although degraded forests may provide suitable habitat. Forest across the Mentawai Islands is threatened by many activities including: legal and illegal logging, and conversion to oil palm plantations (Whittaker 2006). Rattus rattus and Rattus tiomanicus may compete with this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This is a protected species in Indonesia and probably occurs in Siberut National Park.

Citation: Gerrie, R. & Kennerley, R. 2017. Lariscus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T11307A22242238. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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