Funambulus pennantii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Funambulus pennantii
Species Authority: Wroughton, 1905
Common Name(s):
English Five-striped Palm Squirrel, Northern Palm Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a wide distribution ranging from Iran, through Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India to Nepal at elevations of 0 to 4,000 m asl (Molur et al. 2005).
India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Nepal; Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: Common locally. The range is retracting in parts of India due to displacement by the larger Funambulus palmarum (S. Molur pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a very adaptable species. It is diurnal and semi-arboreal species. It occurs in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forest, montane forests, grasslands, scrublands, plantations, arable land, rural gardens, urban areas, introduced vegetation (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is included in the Schedule IV of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is known from the following protected areas in India - Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Gundla Brahmeshwaram Metta Wildlife Sanctuary, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park, Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary and Siwaram Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh; Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa; Balaram-Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary, Jessore Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat (Molur et al. 2005). Taxonomic research is recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. 2008. Funambulus pennantii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 04 March 2015.
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