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

Priscillia Miard, Mohd Nur Arifuddin, Izereen Mukri, Siti Syuhada Sapno, Hafiz Yazid, Nadine Ruppert, Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran
2020 Journal of Threatened Taxa  
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
more » ... Terminalia catappa fruits on the foot of the hill in nearby trees. These sightings suggest that P. petaurista may use limestone hill habitat.
doi:10.11609/jott.5419.12.3.15355-15358 fatcat:rixkfge75rbfvla3sivd32mm2i