Shrew-faced squirrel

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Shrew-faced squirrel
Temporal range: Recent
Rhinosciurus laticaudatus - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria - Genoa, Italy - DSC02804.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Callosciurinae
Tribe: Callosciurini
Genus: Rhinosciurus
Blyth, 1856
Species: R. laticaudatus
Binomial name
Rhinosciurus laticaudatus
(Müller, 1840)

The shrew-faced squirrel (Rhinosciurus laticaudatus), also known as the long-nosed squirrel, is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is monotypic within the genus Rhinosciurus.[2] It is found in forests in Peninsular Malaysia (possibly also in adjacent southern Thailand), Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo. This peculiar, terrestrial squirrel mainly feeds on insects and earthworms.[3] It quite closely resembles a Tupaia treeshrew in appearance, but the Shrew-faced Squirrel can be recognized by its shorter gape, and shorter and more bushy tail.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duckworth, J. W., Meijaard, E., Lee, B. & Tizard, R. J. (2008). Rhinosciurus laticaudatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Rhinosciurus Blyth, 1856". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  3. ^ a b Ecology Asia: Shrew-faced Ground Squirrel.
  • Thorington, R. W. Jr. and R. S. Hoffman. 2005. Family Sciuridae. pp. 754–818 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.