Sanghir squirrel

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Sanghir squirrel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Prosciurillus
Species: P. rosenbergii
Binomial name
Prosciurillus rosenbergii
(Jentink, 1879)

The Sanghir squirrel (Prosciurillus rosenbergii) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae.[2] It is endemic to the presently-dormant volcanic Sangir Island, which is one of the Sangir Islands in Indonesia, located just north of the equator in the Celebes Sea, between the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.[1]


This tropical tree squirrel is the most abundant mammal on heavily-cultivated Sangir, where it is found throughout the various ecosystems of the island (including towns and farms), but is especially concentrated in the dwindling old-growth lowland tropical rainforest.[1] Sangir Island has a rich diversity of ecosystems, due to the changing microclimates encountered on the sides of its volcanic peaks, the tallest of which is Mount Awu, at 1,320 metres (4,330 ft). In spite of this environmental diversity, the Sanghir squirrel has adapted itself to each of these climatic zones.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Chiozza, F. (2008). "Prosciurillus rosenbergii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Family Sciuridae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 754–818. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608.