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Protoxerus stangeri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Protoxerus stangeri
Species Authority: (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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Grubb, P. & Ekué, M.R.M.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
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.
History:
2004 Least Concern

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:
Native:
Angola (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
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not particularly common.
Population Trend: Unknown

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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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.
Citation: Grubb, P. & Ekué, M.R.M. 2008. Protoxerus stangeri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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