Heliosciurus undulatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Heliosciurus undulatus
Species Authority: (True, 1892)
Common Name(s):
English Zanj Sun Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Grubb, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, ecological requirements, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in southeastern Kenya to northeastern Tanzania largely in coastal forest, although it has also been recorded from Mount Kilimanjaro below 2,000 m asl (Grimshaw et al. 1995), suggesting a wide altitudinal range. It is present on Zanzibar and Mafia Islands, but not Pemba.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance of this species is not known.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has generally been recorded from coastal forest formations, and riverine associations. Little additional information is available on the species natural history.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The coastal forests of eastern Africa are under threat from expanding agriculture, charcoal burning and fuel wood extraction, uncontrolled fires, unsustainable logging, human settlement, and destructive mining practices. To what degree these factors have specifically affected this species is not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas, including Jozani Forest on Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Aruboke-Sokoke (Kenya). There is a need to undertake more research into the natural history of this species, especially whether it can persist in modified habitats such as plantations.

Citation: Grubb, P. 2008. Heliosciurus undulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T9835A13020325. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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