Sciurus richmondi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Sciurus richmondi Nelson, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Richmond's Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: Molecular data suggest taxonomy is problematic (Mercer and Roth unpublished data).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Koprowski, J. & Roth, L.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Near Threatened because it has an extent of occurrence of close to 20,000 km2 with few populations, and it could conceivably be in decline making it close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Nicaragua (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005). It occurs from lowlands to about 1,000 m (Reid 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:This species is probably rare (Reid 1997).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This squirrel is poorly known. It is diurnal and probably solitary. It forages on the ground and in the understory and is seldom seen in the canopy. The breeding season is from February to September, and litters of 2 to 3 young have been reported (Genoways 1975; Reid 1997).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a major threat to this species. There is also a lot of subsistence hunting of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More taxonomic work is required to determine whether or not this taxon is conspecific with S. granatensis.

Citation: Koprowski, J. & Roth, L. 2008. Sciurus richmondi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T20020A9134791. . Downloaded on 24 October 2017.
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