Cambodian striped squirrels reside in multiple Southeast Asia countries. Individual sightings have been recorded in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. (Duckworth, et al., 1994; Moore and Tate, 1965)
Cambodian striped squirrels are a terrestrial species and have been observed in evergreen and semi-evergreen tropical forests. Tamiops mcclellandii, has been observed up to 1,500 meters above sea level. (Molur, et al., 2005)conducts many of its activities in the understory as well as the lower canopy of forested areas. The elevation range for has not been reported, but its close relative,
General reproductive behavior of Cambodian striped squirrels has not been reported, but arboreal squirrels tend to spend more time on reproduction compared to ground squirrels. Arboreal squirrel neonates are larger than ground squirrel neonates but their litter sizes are smaller. Arboreal squirrels, however, often try to have more than one litter per year, resulting in high numbers of offspring. (Hayssen, 2008b; Throington Jr., et al., 2012)
The parental care behavior of Cambodian striped squirrels has not been reported, but arboreal species tend to have more parental care than ground squirrels, but less parental investment compared to flying squirrel species. (Hayssen, 2008b)
Cambodian striped squirrels have been observed foraging on the ground, on tree trunks, and on lianas. Tamiops maccellandi). The social behavior of has not been reported, but Tamiops maccellandi is a social species often found in groups. (Francis, 2008; Throington Jr., et al., 2012; Youlatos and Panyutina, 2014)are a diurnal arboreal species and are often found in habitats with Himalayan striped squirrels (
The home range ofhas not been reported.
Cambodian striped squirrels are omnivores and eat flowers, insects, seeds, and tree bark. (Youlatos and Panyutina, 2014)
Most likely predators of Tamiops mcclellandii, such as brown fish owls (Ketupa zeylonensis) and changeable hawk-eagles (Nisaetus cirrhatus). Tamiops macclellandi has also been observed foraging near bird species such as greater racket-tailed drongos (Dicrurus paradiseus) and Ashy drongos (Dicrurus leucophaeus). Researchers suggest this is an anti-predator behavior since drongos will attack avian predators by mobbing them in large groups. (Limparungpatthanakij, et al., 2017)would be those that prey on
Cambodian striped squirrels' positive economic importance has not been documented, but there are squirrel species in Southeast Asia that have been used for medicinal purposes. In Myanmar, oils from giant flying squirrel carcasses have been used for treating joint pain. (Ibbett, et al., 2020; Nijman and Shepard, 2017)
Cambodian striped squirrels' negative economic importance has not been reported.
According to the IUCN, Cambodian striped squirrels are classified as Least concerned. As of 2017, the population is currently stable. Very limited research has been conducted on Tamiops maccellandi, include habitat fragmentation and encroachment, forest fires, and jhuming (a method of creating farm land through controlled forest fires). (Duckworth, 2017; Molur, et al., 2005). Threats to its close relative,
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uses sound to communicate
young are born in a relatively underdeveloped state; they are unable to feed or care for themselves or locomote independently for a period of time after birth/hatching. In birds, naked and helpless after hatching.
Referring to an animal that lives in trees; tree-climbing.
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
helps break down and decompose dead plants and/or animals
an animal that mainly eats meat
uses smells or other chemicals to communicate
a substance used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease
animals that use metabolically generated heat to regulate body temperature independently of ambient temperature. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a (now extinct) synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Convergent in birds.
parental care is carried out by females
an animal that mainly eats leaves.
forest biomes are dominated by trees, otherwise forest biomes can vary widely in amount of precipitation and seasonality.
an animal that mainly eats fruit
An animal that eats mainly plants or parts of plants.
An animal that eats mainly insects or spiders.
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
found in the oriental region of the world. In other words, India and southeast Asia.
the kind of polygamy in which a female pairs with several males, each of which also pairs with several different females.
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
places a food item in a special place to be eaten later. Also called "hoarding"
uses touch to communicate
Living on the ground.
the region of the earth that surrounds the equator, from 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south.
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