Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus

Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus

Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus


Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia (Sumatera, Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah); Thailand

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The Smoky Flying Squirrel lives in tree hollows in tall, undisturbed lowland primary forest (below 3,000 m asl), but they also rely on exposed nests. They are less common at higher elevations but a few populations have been found on the island of Borneo. Peak breeding occurs between April to June but this species does breed throughout the year, producing one or two young. Nest holes were recorded at Poring which were three to four metres above the ground in trees (Jackson 2012). Females have an average pregnancy rate of 9 percent over a three-year period (Thorington et al. 2012). This species is likely to be affected by habitat degradation from palm oil plantations because of their low elevational range.

Pollution of waterways from oil palm run offs was also identified as a key threatening factor by Lim and Das (1999) in Malaysia. 

IUCN Red list

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Further Information

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Clayton, E. 2016. Pteromyscus pulverulentus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18703A22245307. Downloaded on 04 February 2021.

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