Epixerus ebii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Epixerus ebii (Temminck, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Western Palm Squirrel, Ebian's Palm Squirrel, Temminck's Giant Squirrel
French Écureuil D'Ebi, Écureuil Des Palmiers, Écureuil Palmiste
Spanish Ardilla De Palmera
Epixerus wilsoni (Du Chaillu, 1860)
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Happold (in press) by including Epixerus wilsoni in E. ebii.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-31
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Grubb, P.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large overall population, 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 species is distributed in West Africa from Sierra Leone - it was only recorded from Bintamane Mountain and the Gola Forest (Grubb et al. 1998) - through Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire, east to Ghana (west of the Volta Basin). In Central Africa, it has been reported from Cameroon (south of the Sanaga River only), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and also from Republic of the Congo (Abolo). In Sierra Leone, it has been recorded to 1,020 m and at low altitude in the Gola Forest (Grubb et al. 1998).
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Congo; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1020
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Population [top]

Population:It is not common, and seldom encountered. There are relatively few specimens in museums and it has only been recorded from a few localities over its wide distribution.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Grubb et al. (1998) states that the species is found in undergrowth in thick forest, favouring Raphia palm areas (feeding on the fruit of these trees). Probably it does not adapt well to human-modified landscapes and has not been recorded from secondary forest formations. Animals are generally solitary and arboreal, but possibly at least partly terrestrial.
Generation Length (years):3-4

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species appears to be restricted to primary tropical moist forest. Deforestation, presumably largely through the conversion of land to agricultural use and logging operations, are possibly major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present within any protected areas. There is a need to maintain areas of suitable primary forest habitat for this species. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Epixerus ebii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T7899A22245089. . Downloaded on 19 August 2018.
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