Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Myosciurus pumilio
Species Authority: (Le Conte, 1857)
Common Name(s):
English African Pygmy Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Grubb, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it probably occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Central African species has been recorded from Cameroon, Gabon, northwestern Congo, and Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni and Bioko). The record from Eshobi, is now in Cameroon and not in southeastern Nigeria (Happold, 1987). This species may be more widely distributed than is currently known.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon
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Population [top]

Population: This appears to be an uncommon species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with lowland tropical moist forest habitats. It is not known if it can persist in secondary forest. It is diurnal, and arboreal, found mainly at lower levels in trees. Primarily solitary, though occasionally seen in pairs. Females with two embryos have been collected in Gabon and on Bioko.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species as a whole, general deforestation is presumably a threat in parts of the species range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species probably occurs in several protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the persistence of this species in modified habitats.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Myosciurus pumilio. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14105A4392675. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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