Sundasciurus samarensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sundasciurus samarensis
Species Authority: (Steere, 1890)
Common Name(s):
English Samar Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: Corbet and Hill (1992) synonymized Sundasciurus davensis, S. mindanensis, and S. samarensis with S. philippinensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Chiozza, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is not much greater than 20,000 km2, 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 Philippines, where it has been recorded from Samar and Leyte islands.
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Population [top]

Population: S. samarensis is probably locally common throughout its range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is little information available for this species. Presumably, like Sundasciurus philippinensis, this species is locally common in forests (Heaney et al. 1998), occurring in a very wide range of habitats: primary and secondary lowland and montane forest, including the lower edges of mossy forest (Heaney et al. 1998; L. Heaney pers. comm.). It is found also in agricultural areas (Rickart et al. 1993; Sanborn 1952).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known. However, in the Philippines S. philippinensis is illegally traded as pet, and local hunting for food is another potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in some protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Chiozza, F. 2008. Sundasciurus samarensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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