Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Paraxerus lucifer
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1897)
Common Name(s):
English Black And Red Bush Squirrel

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)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of sufficient information on its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is limited to northern Malawi (Misuku Hills and Nyika Plateau region at around 2,000 m asl) and southwestern Tanzania (in the Poroto Mountains and Mount Rungwe). It has not been recorded from northeastern Zambia (Mafinga or Makutu Mountains), where it may have been expected (Ansell and Dowsett 1988).
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance of this species is not known. Only a relatively few museum specimens exist.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The natural history of this species is not well known. It has been recorded from montane tropical moist forest. A single pregnant and lactating female was taken in September.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are not known, but habitat loss within its restricted range is possibly a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from the Nyika National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Paraxerus lucifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16208A5529899. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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