Northern palm squirrel

Funambulus pennantii

The northern palm squirrel also called the five-striped palm squirrel is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family.
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Distribution

It is found in the Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands , India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran. In India, it is fairly common in urban areas, even in large cities such as Delhi and Kolkata. Two subspecies, ''Funambulus pennantii argentescens'' and ''Funambulus pennantii lutescens'', were suggested by Wroughton in addition to the nominate race; however, more recent workers do not make this distinction.

Thorington and Hoffman in Wilson and Reeder listed only two subspecies: ''F. p. pennantii'' and ''F. p. argentescens''. However, Ghose et al. described two additional subspecies: ''F. p. chhattisgarhi'' and ''F. p. gangutrianus'' , but Talmale treated the Maharashtra populations as ''F. p. pennantii'' only due to the overlapping in measurements and colour variations observed in the specimens. It has also been introduced to Australia where it is found mainly on the Cape York Peninsula.


In India, the southern boundary of the species' range is not clearly identified, and recent records suggest it may extend as far as Madanapalli. The southern boundary on the Western Ghats side clearly extends to localities including Dhawar and Mysore, in Karnataka.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusFunambulus
SpeciesF. pennantii
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India