Funisciurus duchaillui Sanborn, 1953

Du Chaillu's rope squirrel 



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1952 (Brugière et al., 2005)

Rediscovered in 1993 (Brugière et al., 2005)

IUCN status: Data Deficient



between the Ogooué and Ngounié rivers, central Gabon

Type locality: “provient de Poingi (altitude 2.700 pieds [= 2,700 feet]), a 40 milles a I'Est de Mimongo [= 40 miles east of Mimongo], dans les Monts Du Chaillu, Gabon, Afrique Equatoriale Francaise.” (Sanborn, 1953?)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Sanborn, Colin Campbell. (1953). Notes sur quelques mammifères de l'Afrique Équatoriale Française. Mammalia 17: 164-169.


Other references:

Amori, Giovanni and Luiselli, Luca. (2019). A scale-dependent ‘functional’ assessment of the concept of endemism. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 127(4): 900-911.

Brugière, David, Fleury, Marie-Claire and Colyn, Marc. (2005). Structure of the squirrel community in the Forêt des Abeilles, central Gabon: rediscovery and revalidation of Funisciurus duchaillui Sanborn, 1953. Mammalia 69: 223-231.

Fa, J. E., Olivero, J., Farfán, M. Á., Márquez, A. L., Vargas, J. M., Real, R. et al. (2014). Integrating Sustainable Hunting in Biodiversity Protection in Central Africa: Hot Spots, Weak Spots, and Strong Spots. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112367.

Gerrie, R. and Kennerley, R. (2016). Funisciurus duchaillui. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136461A22270411. Downloaded on 15 February 2017.

Happold, D. (2013). Volume III: Rodents, Hares and Rabbits. In: Kingdon, J., Happold, D., Butynski, T., Hoffmann, M., Happold, M., and Kalina, J. (eds.). Mammals of Africa. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Hoffmann, R. S. and Thorington, R. J. (2005). Family Sciuridae, pp. 754-818. In: Wilson, D. E. and Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World. Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Wilson, Don E., Lacher, Thomas E. Jnr, and Mittermeier, Russell A. (2016). Sciuridae, pp. 648-837. In: Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 6 Lagomorphs and Rodents I. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.


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