Lesser anomalure

Anomalurus pusillus

SUBFAMILY

Anomalurinae

TAXONOMY

Anomalurus pusillus Thomas, 1887, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Dwarf scalytail; French: Ecureuil volant de pygmlbee; German: Zwergdornschwanz-horchen.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The smallest anomalure, the coloration of A. pusillus varies from a mottled light gray and tan to very dark gray. The underside is usually a yellow-washed gray. Head is generally gray with no facial pattern. There are seven named subspecies. The tail, one-third the length of the body, generally has a black hinder third.

DISTRIBUTION

Three isolated populations in Senegal, Sierra Leone/Liberia and Cameroon/Gabon/Congo.

HABITAT

Deep primary lowland rainforest.

BEHAVIOR

Little studied. Known to roost in hollow trees.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Bark and fruit.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Naturally rare, but not categorized as a species of concern by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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