Paraxerus palliatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Paraxerus palliatus
Species Authority: (Peters, 1852)
Common Name(s):
English Red 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, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed along the coast of East Africa, ranging from southern Somalia (south of the Jube River) in the north, southwards to KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, being found as far south along the coast as Lake Saint Lucia, with an isolated population in the Ongoye Forest. The species is also found on Mount Selinda in eastern Zimbabwe, and through much of Malawi, including Mount Mulanje (2,000 m asl). Within this range their occurrence is patchy and discontinuous due to their habitat requirements (Skinner and Smithers, 1990).
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is a reasonably common species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from a variety of habitat types including dry or moist evergreen forests, woodlands, riverine forest and thickets. It is arboreal and diurnal, and usually solitary. The species has one, or perhaps two, litters annually of one or two young.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this widespread and adaptable species as a whole, although much of its coastal forest habitat have now been deforested or degraded.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Paraxerus palliatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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