Wildlife Journal Junior!
New Hampshire PBS

Home       |       Wild Files       |       N.H. Animals       |       Animals A-Z       |       Watch Online

Anomaluridae - Scaly-tailed Squirrels

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Rodentia
 Family: Anomaluridae

flightless scaly tailed squirrel

There are seven species in this family. They are all found in the forests of central Africa.

Scaly-tailed squirrels look like squirrels. They have long tails with a tuft of fur on the end and two rows of pointed scales on the underside. They have sharp, curved claws and vary in color from black to brown to cream.

All of the species in this family, except for the flightless scaly-tailed squirrel, have a membrane that runs from their front legs to their rear legs that lets them glide from tree branch to tree branch.

Scaly-tailed squirrels live in pairs or colonies and eat fruit, insects, seeds, bark, and flowers. The often make their dens in hollow trees.

Scaly-tailed squirrels are also called African flying squirrels. Although they look like flying squirrels, they are not closely related to them.

 

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Data Deficient Data Deficient
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image
 

Beecroft's Scaly-tailed Squirrel-Anomalurus beecrofti Least Concern Africa More Info image
Dwarf Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Anomalurus pusillus Least Concern Africa More Info image
Lord Derby's Scaly-tailed Squirrel -Anomalurus derbianus Least Concern Africa More Info
Pel's Flying Squirrel - Anomalurus pelii Data Deficient Africa More Info

 

Long-eared Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel-Idiurus macrotis Least Concern Africa More Info
Pygmy Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel - Idiurus zenkeri Least Concern Africa More Info
Flightless Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Zenkerella insignis Least Concern Africa More Info image

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Beecroft's Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Anomalurus beecrofti profile Least Concern Africa
Beecroft's scaly-tailed squirrels are found in the tropical and subtropical forests of West and Central Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dwarf Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Anomalurus pusillus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Dwarf scaly-tailed squirrels is found in Central Africa from Cameroon and Gabon to west Uganda and the northwest shore of Lake Tanganyika.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Flightless Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Zenkerella insignis profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The flightless scaly-tailed squirrel is found from southern Cameroon and south-western Central African Republic to northern Gabon.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-eared Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel - Idiurus macrotis profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The long-eared scaly-tailed squirrel is found in southern Cameroon and Eastern Zaire, and the Bwamba forests in Uganda.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lord Derby's Scaly-tailed Squirrel - Anomalurus derbianus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Lord Derby's scaly-tailed squirrel is found in tropical and subtropical forests of western and central Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pel's Flying Squirrel - Anomalurus pelii Photos Data Deficient Africa More Info
Pel's flying squirrel is also known as Pel's scaly-tailed squirrel. It is found along the Cavalla River West Africa running from  Guinea through Côte d'Ivoire to Liberia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel - Idiurus zenkeri profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Pygmy scaly-tailed squirrels are 2.5-3 inches in length, not including their tails.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel - Idiurus zenkeri profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel is found from southern Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea in the west, to the Democratic Republic of Congo and western Uganda in the east.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes