Zenkerella insignis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Anomaluridae

Scientific Name: Zenkerella insignis Matschie, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Cameroon Scaly-tail, Flightless Scaly-tailed Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-10-11
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R. & Decher, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has been reported over a relatively wide distribution, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This Central African species has been recorded from southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (including southern Bioko Island, two specimens collected in 1989 and 1993), Congo, and Ngotto Forest in Central African Republic (on the border of the Central African Republic and Congo). It has not been recorded from Gabon or Democratic Republic of the Congo, although it is likely to occur here.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo
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Population [top]

Population:This species is known from only a few localities and specimens; del Val et al. (1995) document 11 specimens. There is no precise information on population or abundance.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has been captured in tropical moist forest and semi-deciudous forest, with a few individuals collected close to arboreal savannas, apparently tolerating climates ranging from relatively dry to very humid (de Val et al. 1995). This species is primarily nocturnal, and it is considered likely to be solitary, with little information available on its habitats or ecology. The species is uniqe among anomalurids in having no gliding membrane, which suggests that it may descend to the ground more readily than other anomalurid species. This may explain, as suggested by de Val et al. (1995), why the two records from Equatorial Guinea were taken in ground snare traps.
Generation Length (years):3

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is possible that deforestation is a threat to the species in parts of the range. Further research into the impact of deforestation on this species is needed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is considered likely to occur in a number of protected areas. Further research on population trends and abundance is needed.

Citation: Hutterer, R. & Decher, J. 2017. Zenkerella insignis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T23204A22183548. . Downloaded on 20 May 2018.
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