Paraxerus cepapi 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Paraxerus cepapi
Species Authority: (A. Smith, 1836)
Common Name(s):
English Smith's Bush 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 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 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is present in southern Central Africa, East Africa and northern parts of Southern Africa. It ranges from southwestern Tanzania to southern Mozambique and westwards to south-eastern Angola and northeastern Namibia, being found as far south as northeastern South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is believed to be a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a savanna woodland species, occurring particularly in mopane woodland, Acacia woodland and mixed associations such as Acacia/Terminalia, Acacia/Combretum and others. They are less common in Brachystegia/Julbernardia and Baikiaea woodland probably because these do not provide tree holes necessary for resting and breeding sites. The species is arboreal and terrestrial, and living mainly in groups.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in a number of large and well managed protected areas throughout the range, including Kruger National Park.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Paraxerus cepapi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16205A5542069. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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