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Paraxerus cooperi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Paraxerus cooperi
Species Authority: Hayman, 1950
Common Name(s):
English Cooper's Mountain Squirrel, Cusorial Akodont

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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)
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
History:
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the highlands of Cameroon and Nigeria, north of the Sanaga River. It has been recorded from very few sites, probably no more than five localities in total. It was more recently observed in the Gotel Mountains in Nigeria (Dowsett and Dowsett-Lemaire 1989).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: There is very little known about the abundance of this species. Prior to 1967, only two specimens were known, until the surveys of Eisentraut who, as Rosevear (1969) puts it, "found them to be a far more abundant animal than was previously thought". The Gotel mountains and some other mountain tops /ranges are relatively poorly surveyed.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been recorded from montane tropical moist forest, and forest fringes. This species is very poorly known, and there is limited information available on the ecology or habits of this species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known. There are few details available on the possible adaptability of this species to habitat degradation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is probable that this species is present within some protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Paraxerus cooperi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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