Funisciurus anerythrus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Funisciurus anerythrus
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1890)
Common Name(s):
English Redness Tree Squirrel, Thomas's Rope Squirrel
French Funisciure À Dos Rayé Du Niger
Taxonomic Notes: The West African population present in Benin and Nigeria might represent a distinct species, with further taxonomic studies needed to resolve this question.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Grubb, P. & Ekué, M.R.M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it probably occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in West Africa and Central Africa. It has been recorded in from Benin and Nigeria in West Africa, with a seemingly disjunct second population distributed from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni) and northern Gabon, into Central African Republic and much of the Congo Basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: It is not uncommon.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is generally found in lowland tropical moist forest throughout much of the range, but has also been reported from gallery forest. It can be found in secondary habitats. Animals are usually found singly or in pairs
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In view of the species wide range, it is probable that it occurs in some protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the taxonomic status of West African populations.

Citation: Grubb, P. & Ekué, M.R.M. 2008. Funisciurus anerythrus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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