Black-striped Squirrel (Callosciurus nigrovittatus)


HB: 170-240: T; 145-230: HF:40-50.

The under parts and tail are olive brown, the underpants are grey, and there is a black stripe on the side bordered above by a parallel buff stripe. The female has 3 pairs of mammae. Medway describes the voice as a rattling chatter or chuckle. Also a repeated bird like chirp and now and again a bird like shrill call "twist"

Range Description:

This species is found in the southern part of Malaysia, on Sumatra and Java, and on the islands of Tioman and Tambelan (Oshida et al. 2001). It is also found in Southern Thailand (Lekagul and McNeely 1988).
Countries: Native:
Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sumatera); Malaysia; Thailand


The population of this species is stable. This species was rarely found in a survey conducted by Saiful and Nordin (2004) in Peninsular Malaysia (Weng River sub-catchment).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology:

 It is an arboreal squirrel, living in primary and secondary forest, from lowlands to montane areas; occurring also in mixed areas with cropland and tree cover. This is a diurnal and arboreal species (Saiful and Nordin 2004). It has been suggested that one of the reasons for low densities of this species in Malaysian tropical rain forest is competition from the great variety of other arboreal vertebrates (such as birds, and especially primates) for food, especially fruits and leaves, which are among the food items preferred by squirrels (Saiful and Nordin 2004).
Systems: Terrestrial

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions:

 Saiful and Nordin (2004) state the need for further comparative study on this species' abundance, density and distribution and its relationship to forest structure or habitat quality, spatially and temporally, in hill dipterocarp forest of Malaysia.