Menetes berdmorei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Menetes berdmorei
Species Authority: (Blyth, 1849)
Common Name(s):
English Indochinese Ground Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Walston, J. & Duckworth, J.W.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread species that is abundant in suitable habitat. It can tolerate habitat degradation, and the only current major threat to this species is total habitat conversion.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in suitable habitat in Cambodia, Lao PDR (Evans et al. 2000), Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar and China (Smith et al. 2008). In China it is found in southern Yunnan, while in Myanmar it occurs west to the Irrawaddy river and north to approx 20 degrees according to Moore and Tate (1965), but probably also further north to Yunnan.
Cambodia; China (Yunnan); Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: This species is extremely abundant in suitable habitat (R. Timmins and W. Duckworth pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This squirrel forages on the ground in forests and along the forest edge, it also frequents cultivated areas. It lives at elevations up to 1,200 m. It is known to enter rice and corn fields in order to dig up and eat the planted grain. It is often caught in traps baited with bananas. Although this species spends most of its time on the ground, occasionally it may be seen running along railings or up and down slanting or broken bamboos, but never far from the ground.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened at only the very local scale by total habitat conversion due to agriculture, but it can tolerate disturbed habitat (R. Timmins and W. Duckworth pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in numerous protected areas (R. Timmins and W. Duckworth pers. comm.; Evans et al. 2000; Duckworth et al. 1994).

Citation: Walston, J. & Duckworth, J.W. 2008. Menetes berdmorei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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