Funisciurus pyrropus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Funisciurus pyrropus (F. Cuvier, 1833)
Common Name(s):
English Fire-footed Rope Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-08
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hammerson, G.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been widely recorded in West Africa and Central Africa. It has a disjunct distribution range, and is found in four main areas. It ranges from The Gambia to southern Ghana, west of the Dahomey Gap; from southern Nigeria to Central African Republic and south to Gabon (including Equatorial Guinea); from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north of the Congo to Uganda and Rwanda; with the fourth population in southern Congo and northern Angola. It has been recorded from sea level to at least 1,650 m asl on Mount Bintamane (Sierra Leone).
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1650
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is generally considered to be a quite common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is associated with lowland tropical moist forest habitat, but populations are also found in coastal scrub and savanna in parts of the range (e.g. Ghana). It can be found in forest edge habitats, clearings and secondary growth formations. Grubb et al. (1998) state that in Sierra Leone the replacement of forest with farm bush and farms appears to have been favoured by the species. This is considered to be a pest species on some on farms and cocoa plantations. It is diurnal, and predominantly arboreal (apparently favouring palm trees such as Raphia), although animals are also seen foraging on the ground.
Generation Length (years):3-4

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is probable that this species occurs in numerous protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Funisciurus pyrropus. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T8762A115089084. . Downloaded on 24 September 2017.
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