Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens

Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens

Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens


Sumatra, Indonesia

The Siberut Flying Squirrel is assessed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is 11,040 km2, it is known from only three islands of the Mentawai Archipelago and there is continuing decline in quality and extent of habitat.

This remarkable species of gliding squirrel is restricted to the Mentawai Archipelago and found on three islands only (Siberut, Sipora and North Pagai islands) off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia (Jackson 2012, Thorington et al. 2012). The Siberut Flying Squirrel is threatened by rapid habitat loss due to logging and agricultural conversion (Thorington et al. 2012), though the species has been found in plantations with remnants of forest (Eaton 2014).

The Mentawai Islands in which this species occurs are severely threatened by legal and illegal logging, conversion of commercial oil palm plantations, and product extraction by local people (Whittaker 2006).

IUCN Red list

The Siberut Flying Squirrel is a spectacular gliding mammal of the #Mentawai #Siberut islands #Indonesia. Vulnerable on @IUCNredlist they have no conservation actions in place. Make art for this forgotten beauty #Boycott4Wildlife

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Further Information

IUCN Rating vulnerable

Clayton, E. & Kennerley, R. 2016. Petinomys lugens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16737A22242011. Downloaded on 04 February 2021.

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