Species of Thailand
Berdmore's ground squirrel
Binomial name: 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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- Menetes berdmorei
- English: Indochinese ground squirrel
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- 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
- 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
- Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
Range map of Menetes berdmorei in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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