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Chaetocauda sichuanensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA GLIRIDAE

Scientific Name: Chaetocauda sichuanensis
Species Authority: Wang, 1985
Common Name/s:
English Sichuan Dormouse, Chinese Dormouse
Synonym/s:
Dryomys sichuanensis (Wang, 1985)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is sometimes listed under Dryomys (Smith and Xie 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient as it is known from only five specimens, and there is no recent information on its range, habitat status, population status or threats.
History:
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to China, occurring in the province of Sichuan (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries:
Native:
China (Sichuan)
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from only five specimens (Smith and Xie 2008).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies subalpine forests of mixed coniferous and broadleaf trees (Smith and Xie 2008). It will make nests (12 cm in diameter) in trees usually 3.0-3.5 m above the ground (Smith and Xie 2008). It is a nocturnal species that forages on green plants (Smith and Xie 2008).

Parturition occurs in May, with litter size of four (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Loss of habitat resulting from logging is most likely a major threat to this species (China Vertebrate Red Data Book, in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded in Jiuzhaigou (Liu et al. 2005) and Wanglang Nature Reserves (CSIS 2008) and may be present in other protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance, natural history and threats to this species. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Endangered A1c; B1ab(iii) (Wang and Xie 2004).
Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Chaetocauda sichuanensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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