Samiksha Jaiswal

Dusky palm squirrel

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Rodentia
Genus  Funambulus
Scientific name  Funambulus sublineatus
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Sciuridae
Subgenus  Funambulus
Higher classification  Funambulus
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Similar  Layard's palm squirrel, Funambulus, Squirrel, Jungle palm squirrel, Palawan montane squirrel

The Nilgiri palm squirrel (Funambulus sublineatus) is the Indian form (formerly subspecies F. s. sublineatus) of squirrels collectively known as Dusky-palm squirrels. It is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae.

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Taxonomy

The species known in the past has recently been split into two species. The Indian form (formerly subspecies F. s. sublineatus) has now been referred to as the Nilgiri palm squirrel, whereas the Sri Lankan form (formerly F. s. obscurus) may now be referred to as the dusky palm squirrel.

Distribution

The former range of the species, before the taxonomic split was in both India and Sri Lanka, though the Nilgiri palm squirrel (F. sublineatus) is now restricted in distribution to the Western Ghats of India. Very little is known of this squirrel, probably the smallest in the genus weighing about 40g. Its new status as an endemic mammal to India means records need updating.

The species is confined to wet humid forests either in the Western Ghats and Nilgiri hills (and surrounding areas such as around Kodaikanal in India)

References

Dusky palm squirrel Wikipedia


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