Golden-bellied treeshrew

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Golden-bellied treeshrew[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Scandentia
Family: Tupaiidae
Genus: Tupaia
Species: T. chrysogaster
Binomial name
Tupaia chrysogaster
Miller, 1903
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Golden-bellied treeshrew range

The golden-bellied treeshrew (Tupaia chrysogaster) is a treeshrew species in the Tupaiidae family.[1] It is also called Mentawai treeshrew as it is endemic to the Indonesian Mentawai islands of Sipora, North and South Pagai. It lives in forests, and is considered endangered due to habitat loss since the islands' forests are continuously logged.[2]

The American zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller first described a golden-bellied treeshrew from North Pagai Island that was part of a zoological collection obtained by the United States National Museum. He considered it a distinct species as this type specimen differed from the common treeshrew by larger teeth and skull, darker coloured fur on the back and a more coarsely grizzled tail.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Helgen, K. M. (2005). "Tupaia chrysogaster". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 105–106. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Meijaard, E., MacKinnon, J. (2008). "Tupaia chrysogaster". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
  3. ^ Miller, G. S. Jr. (1903). Seventy New Malayan Mammals. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 45: 1–73.