Saturday, 1 November 2008

Common Treeshrew (Tupaia glis)

Adult Common Treeshrew (Tupaia glis - unknown subspecies) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Common Tree Shrew
Local Name (Malay): Tupai Muncung Besar ("Large Nozzle Squirrel")
Featured Subspecies: unknown
Weight: 190g
Length: 34-48cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Treeshrews look like rodents but infact make up their own order of species unique to South-East Asia.  The Common Treeshrew is one of the largest of the family - a resident of Malaysia and Indonesia.  The tree-shrew family in general is still being defined currently with a lot of former subspecies of this species in particular having recently been elevated to full species status, and the Common Treeshrew itself still being considered for further analysis.  While typically associated with being a forest species, this particular individual was living in a generally very pristinely maintained park just below the Petronas Towers.

Related Species:
ORDER: Scandentia
FAMILY: Tupaiidae
GENUS: Tupai
SUBSPECIES: T. g. longipes, T. g. salatana

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A fairly common resident
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single individual in Kuala Lumpur 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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