Sighting of Petaurista petaurista (Pallas, 1766) (Mammalia: Rodentia: Sciuridae) on limestone hills in Merapoh, Malaysia

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Priscillia Miard
Mohd Nur Arifuddin
Izereen Mukri
Siti Syuhada Sapno
Hafiz Yazid
Nadine Ruppert
Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran


Flying squirrels are poorly studied nocturnal mammals as their elusive and nocturnal behaviour makes it hard to observe them in the wild.  Here, we describe sightings of Petaurista petaurista on a limestone hill and its foot at Merapoh, Pahang, Malaysia.  This is the first report as the species is usually known to inhabit forest habitat.  We observed the first squirrel resting on a steep limestone wall at night.  During subsequent nights, three individuals were observed feeding on Ficus hispida and Terminalia catappa fruits on the foot of the hill in nearby trees.  These sightings suggest that P. petaurista may use limestone hill habitat. 

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Miard, P., Arifuddin, M.N., Mukri, I., Sapno, S.S., Yazid, H., Ruppert, N. and Kumaran, J.V. 2020. Sighting of Petaurista petaurista (Pallas, 1766) (Mammalia: Rodentia: Sciuridae) on limestone hills in Merapoh, Malaysia. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 3 (Feb. 2020), 15355–15358. DOI:
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Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran, Institute of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, UMK Jeli Campus, 17600 Jeli, Kelantan, Malaysia.

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Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu


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