Sciurus oculatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Sciurus oculatus Peters, 1863
Common Name(s):
English Peters's Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-10
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Puebla, Queretaro, and Guanajuato, Mexico (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005). It occurs at elevations of 1,500 to 3,600 m (Best 1995).
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo, México State, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1500
Upper elevation limit (metres):3600
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in many places, especially in summer; but it is uncommon and rare to see in cold weather (Best 1995).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This squirrel can be found in pine and oak forest, and arid mountains. It can sometimes be observed in deep arroyos in nearby valleys. It has been observed feeding on almonds (Prunus), acorns, and wild figs (Ficus). Its breeding period occurs in July and August (Best 1995).
Generation Length (years):5-6

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T. & Vázquez, E. 2016. Sciurus oculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20017A22246721. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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