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Microsciurus alfari

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Microsciurus alfari
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1895)
Common Name(s):
English Central American Dwarf Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: Systematics of Microsciurus still problematic because the southern disjunct range in Colombia is probably a different species (Emmons and Timm pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Koprowski, J., Roth, L., Emmons, L., Timm, R., McCarthy, T. & Samudio, R.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Southern Nicaragua south through western Colombia (Emmons and Feer 1997). Lowlands to 2,600 m (Reid 1997).
Only one specimen from Nicaragua in 1917, but may not be actually have been found there.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia; Costa Rica; Nicaragua; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant. In Panama, not common, but nor is it rare; it has been seen throughout its range in Panama in recent years.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Mainly in evergreen forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known. However, it does not tolerate heavy deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in Monteverde National Park, Talamanca National Park and other protected areas.

Citation: Koprowski, J., Roth, L., Emmons, L., Timm, R., McCarthy, T. & Samudio, R. 2008. Microsciurus alfari. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
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