Anathana ellioti (Waterhouse, 1850), Andhra Pradesh, India. Three subspecies recognized.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Toupaie d'Elliot; German: Indisches Spithzhornchen. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Head and body length 7.5 in (19 cm); tail length 7.5 in (19 cm); body mass 5.5 oz (160 g). Fur reddish brown to gray-brown dorsally and buff or white ventrally; oblique pale buff or white shoulder stripe present. Eyes surrounded by pale markings. Ears noticeably large and hairy. Tail equal in length to head and body combined. Relatively short snout. Canine teeth weakly developed.
Three main areas in peninsular India south of the Ganges River.
Evergreen tropical rainforests and thorny jungles. BEHAVIOR
Diurnal and semiterrestrial. Use nests, sometimes in holes among rocks.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Forage mainly on the ground, eating a basic diet of fruit and insects and also digging for worms.
Females have three pairs of teats. No other specific information on reproduction is available, as this species has rarely been kept in captivity. Probably monogamous.
CONSERVATION STATUS Lower Risk/Near Threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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