Species of Thailand

Berdmore's ground squirrel

Menetes berdmorei, Edward Blyth, 1849

The Berdmore's ground squirrel (Menetes berdmorei) is a ground squirrel found in Southeast Asia, from the east of Myanmar to Vietnam. It is however absent on the Malay peninsula, as well as the islands.

The rarely known squirrel has a grey-brown back and a white belly. Most striking are stripes on the side - on each side one beige and below a black stripe. The head is pointy, so this squirrel resembles a mouse or a treeshrew. Its length is 20 cm, not including the 15 cm long tail.

As a ground squirrel it is rarely found on trees, but spends most of the time in the thick underwoods of the rainforests. However it is also found in fields or villages, especially in rice fields it is sometimes omnipresent. Despite it being quite common only very little is known about the life of this squirrel. Despite its name, it is not a close relative of the ground squirrels of the tribe Marmotini.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Menetes
Species
Menetes berdmorei

Common names

  • English: Indochinese ground squirrel

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

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Menetes berdmorei - Kaeng Krachan NP
Menetes berdmorei - Kaeng Krachan NP
Menetes berdmorei - Kaeng Krachan NP
Menetes berdmorei - Kaeng Krachan NP

Range Map

Distribution map of Berdmore's ground squirrel, Menetes berdmorei in Thailand
  • Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Chao Bo Thong Waterfall Forest Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khueang Nai District, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Pang Sida National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Luang District, Loei
  • Phu Toei National Park
  • Plai Phraya District, Krabi
  • Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
Range map of Menetes berdmorei in Thailand