Protoxerus stangeri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Protoxerus stangeri (Waterhouse, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English African Giant Squirrel, Forest Giant Squirrel
French Grand Ecureuil De Stanger
Taxonomic Notes: The forms occurring west and east of the Dahomey Gap may represent separate species (P. Grubb pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-18
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Ekué, M. & Grubb, P.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widely distributed in West Africa and Central Africa. It is found from Sierra Leone and Liberia in the west, eastwards through lowland forest regions to southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uganda, western Kenya (recorded from Kakamega forest) and southwards in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda and Burundi. There are two isolated records from Tanzania (Kingdon), and from north-central Angola on the Angola Escarpment. It is present on the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea). It occurs up to 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Benin; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is not particularly common.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in lowland forest and fringing forest, and has apparently also been recorded from secondary forest and farmland. It occurs mainly in the upper branches of trees, rarely descending to the ground (Rosevear 1969). Rosevear (1969) mentions two females taken, one with a single embryo, another with two.
Generation Length (years):3-4

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Hunted for food.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species as a whole. Deforestation is unlikely to be a serious threat as the species is also known to occur in agricultural fields/formations and is sometimes found in cocoa plantations. There is some limited hunting for bushmeat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas, including Tai National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) and Kibale National Park (Uganda). Additional research is needed into the taxonomy of populations found to the east and to the west of the Dahomey Gap.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Protoxerus stangeri (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18386A115143054. . Downloaded on 23 January 2018.
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