Nannosciurus melanotis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Nannosciurus melanotis (Müller, 1840)
Common Name(s):
English Black-eared Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-19
Assessor(s): Francis, C., Gumal, M. & Han, K.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is assessed as Least Concern because it is widespread, abundant in suitable habitat, and while it prefers primary forest, it appears to be tolerant of secondary and logged forest. Further studies are needed in order to assess its altitudinal range, as if it is a lowland species it merits listing as at least Near Threatened.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found on Sumatra, Java, Borneo and adjacent islands. It is found up to about 1,070 m (Payne et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sumatera); Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1070
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a moderately common species in suitable habitat but it is difficult to trap (Han pers. comm.). It is known from only five specimens from Sarawak (Payne et al. 2005).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It prefers mature forest though it is also known to occur in secondary and selectively logged forest in the Malaysian part of Borneo (Han pers. comm.). It feeds on mosses, and is usually found on tree trunks (Han pers. comm.). This species is not easily trapped because it is not attracted to bananas or other fruit (Han pers. comm.).
Generation Length (years):3

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by habitat loss due to agricultural conversion and logging, though this is not a major threat (Han and Giman pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas throughout its range, including Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarawak (Han pers. comm.).

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Francis, C., Gumal, M. & Han, K.H. 2016. Nannosciurus melanotis. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T14325A115121817. . Downloaded on 22 September 2017.
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