Sciurotamias forresti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sciurotamias forresti
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1922)
Common Name(s):
English Forrest's Rock Squirrel
Rupestes forresti Thomas, 1922
Taxonomic Notes: This species is often assigned to its own genus, Rupestes (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
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, its occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to China, occurring in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations of approximately 3,000 m asl (Smith and Xie 2008).
China (Sichuan, Yunnan)
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Population [top]

Population: There are no current data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies cliffs covered in scrub (Smith and Xie 2008). It is inferred that the biology is akin to its sister taxa, Sciurotamias davidianus (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Ailaoshan, Changshanerhai, Daweishan, Jinpingfenshuiling (Yunnan), Nujiang, Gaoligongshan (Yunnan), and Tongbiguan (CSIS 2008) protected areas, and may be present in additional protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance and natural history of this species. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Sciurotamias forresti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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