Tamiops maritimus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Tamiops maritimus (Bonhote, 1900)
Common Name(s):
English Maritime Striped Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been included in T. swinhoei in many treatments, but here it is considered independent following Thorington and Hoffmann (2005). The genus Tamiops needs taxonomic review.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-09-18
Assessor(s): Duckworth, J.W.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Lunde, D.P.
Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread species that is very abundant in a variety of habitat including heavily degraded areas. There are currently no major threats to this species.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the mountains of Lao PDR and Viet Nam east of the Mekong. It also occurs extensively in south and east China, Hainan island, and Taiwan (Smith et al. 2008). There are four subspecies in China: T. m. bopinglingensis, Hong and Wang, 1984, which occurs in Fujian; T. m. formosanus (Bonhote 1900) recorded from Taiwan; T. m. hainanus, Allen, 1906, from Hainan island, Guangxi, and south Yunnan; T. m. maritimus (Bonhote,1900) from Fujian.
Countries occurrence:
China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population:This species is widespread and common throughout its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a relatively low altitude species occupying the south eastern coastal region of China. In Taiwan, however, it is most common at elevations between 2,000-3,000 m. On mainland China it occurs in two general forest types, evergreen broad-leaved forest with evergreen oaks, laurels and Pinus massoniana in secondary stands, and mixed mesophytic forest (Smith et al. 2008).

Diet includes the very specialized habit of robbing nectar from ginger plants (Alpina kwangsiensis). It is highly arboreal, it is known to make long leaps between trees. Its characteristic vocalization sounds like a “cluck” or short “chirrup.
Generation Length (years):3

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Duckworth, J.W. 2017. Tamiops maritimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T21380A22252211. . Downloaded on 26 September 2017.
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