Tupaia chrysogaster


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tupaia chrysogaster
Species Authority: Miller, 1903
Common Name(s):
English Golden-bellied Treeshrew, Mentawai Treeshrew, Golden-bellied Tree Shrew
Spanish Tupaya De Vientre Dorado
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly included as a subspecies of Tupaia glis (e.g., Corbet and Hill 1992), but is here treated as a distinct species following Helgen (2005). Wilson (1993) suggested that T. chrysogaster might include siberu and tephrura, but these are maintained in the synonymy of T. glis following Helgen (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Meijaard, E. & MacKinnon, J.
Reviewer(s): Hoffmann, M. & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered as the species is believed restricted to lowland forests on three of the Mentawai islands (with a combined area of less than 2,000 km²) where it is almost certainly being affected by ongoing forest loss.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found on North and South Pagai Islands, and Sipora (Mentawai Islands, Indonesia) (Helgen, 2005).
Indonesia (Sumatera)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Apparently restricted to lowland forests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): If this species is dependent upon lowland primary forests, then it is almost certainly being threatened by ongoing forest loss due to logging on the Mentawais.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not recorded from any protected areas. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Meijaard, E. & MacKinnon, J. 2008. Tupaia chrysogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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