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Rheithrosciurus macrotis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA SCIURIDAE

Scientific Name: Rheithrosciurus macrotis
Species Authority: (Gray, 1856)
Common Name(s):
English Tufted Ground Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4cd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Duckworth, J.W. & Meijaard, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is assessed as Vulnerable based on an estimated population decline of greater than 30% in a 10 year window that includes the past and the future. This low density species is very susceptible to fragmentation and is threatened by habitat loss and hunting.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found on Borneo (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia (Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak)
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Population [top]

Population: This seems to be a rare, occurring at low densities.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is only recorded from primary forest in hilly areas, however, it is not well surveyed in other habitat types. It could be dependent on good quality habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by hunting, using snares, and habitat degradation and loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from several protected areas across its range.

Citation: Duckworth, J.W. & Meijaard, E. 2008. Rheithrosciurus macrotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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