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Paraxerus vincenti

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Paraxerus vincenti
Species Authority: Hayman, 1950
Common Name(s):
English Vincent's Bush Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kerbis Peterhans, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is presumed to be less than 5,000 km², all individuals are currently known only from a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Mount Namuli.
History:
2004 Critically Endangered
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Mount Namuli in central Mozambique, north of the Zambezi River, where it occurs between 1,200 and 1,850 m asl (Smithers and Lobao-Tello 1976). It is not known if the species is present on surrounding mountains. Survey work outside the known range of this species has not been extensive, especially during the two decades of civil war in Mozambique.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: It is not particularly common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is typically associated with montane tropical moist forest habitats. It is not known if the species can persist in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The forest on Mount Namuli is under threat from fires, cultivation, and harvesting for fuel wood. The species is apparently also hunted for subsistence food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The only site at which the species is known, Mount Namuli, is not protected. There is need to establish suitably managed protected areas for this species. Research on taxonomy is necessary as the species has been suggested to be a subspecies of Paraxerus palliatus (Smithers and Lobao-Tello, 1976).

Citation: Kerbis Peterhans, J. 2008. Paraxerus vincenti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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