|Scientific Name:||Petaurista xanthotis|
|Species Authority:||(Milne-Edwards, 1872)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species was previously included in Petaurista leucogenys, see discussion in Corbet and Hill (1992).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.|
|Reviewer(s):||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in one protected area with possible presence in others and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
|Range Description:||This species is endemic to China, occurring in the provinces of Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, and Xizang (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations at about 3,000 m asl (Smith and Xie 2008).|
Native:China (Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Tibet [or Xizang], Yunnan)
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|Population:||Records for this species suggest that its range and abundance are large (Smith and Xie 2008).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This species occupies spruce forests at high elevations in western China (Smith and Xie 2008). It is nocturnal, and uses burrows in trees for nesting, and does not hibernate (Smith and Xie 2008).
It forages on young shoots and leaves, as well as pine nuts (Smith and Xie 2008). Parturition takes place in summer, litter size averages two (Smith and Xie 2008).
|Use and Trade:||This species is trapped for the fur trade (Smith and Xie 2008).|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats to this species.|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is likely to occur in Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve and may be present in other protected areas. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).|
|Citation:||Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Petaurista xanthotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.|
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