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  Iomys horsfieldii (Waterhouse, 1838)
  Family Name : Sciuridae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Mammal)

  Common Names : Horsfield’s Flying Squirrel

Horsfield’s Flying Squirrel
  • Description
    • Description :
      Upperparts dark brown, underparts orange-buff or whitish. Gliding membrane fringed with rusty brown. Head round, snout blunt. Tail long and feather-like.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Occurs in primary and secondary forest, as well as in orchards and plantations. Active both day and night and live on trees. Feed on fruits and insects.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Terrestrial
      Distribution :
      Appears to be widespread in the Central Nature Reserves. This flying squirrel occurs in the Malay Peninsula, Sumartra, Borneo and Java.
      Nature Reserves :
      Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Habitat loss.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Due to its nocturnal habits, flying squirrels are rarely observed in Singapore. So little is known about them that the scope of scientific study on these animals is very great.
      Conservation Notes :
      Habitat protection.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Conservation Status :
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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