Sundasciurus moellendorffi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sundasciurus moellendorffi
Species Authority: (Matschie, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Culion Tree Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Ong, P., Tabaranza, B., Rosell-Ambal, G. & Balete, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Near Threatened as, although it is considered locally common and its presence in plantations and agricultural areas demonstrates a certain habitat tolerance, it is restricted to a very limited area with considerable ongoing forest conversion. There is very little information available on the species' distribution, ecology and population size. Almost qualifies as threatened under criterion A2c.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Philippines, where it is known only from the Palawan Faunal Region (Culion, Linapacan, Iloc, and Tampel islands) (Heaney et al. 1998). More recently it has also been reported from Bacuit Archipelago on Lagen island (J. C. Gonzalez pers. comm.).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is locally abundant (Heaney et al. 1998).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in primary and secondary lowland forest and coconut groves (Hoogstraal 1951; Sanborn 1952), including gardens (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is found only on very small islands, where there is significant ongoing forest conversion to agriculture. There is not much forest left on Culion.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More information is needed on this species' ecology and local threats. Additionally, further taxonomic studies may clarify this species' status by clarifying its true degree of distinctness.

Citation: Ong, P., Tabaranza, B., Rosell-Ambal, G. & Balete, D. 2008. Sundasciurus moellendorffi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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