Survey of morpho-metric features of Palm Squirrel (Funambulus pennantii Wroughton, 1905) in Iran

Abstract :

Species data recording and echo-niche characteristics of Palm squirrel, as one of the unique species in Iranian fauna (Sistan-Balouchestan province) were conducted in Chabahar, Nikshahr and Sarbaz states throughout a year, February 2008-February 2009. Two trapping stations have been considered for each state. Of forty animal trapped, number of palm squirrel males and females were 23 and 7 respectively with the sex ratio of 1:1.3. There was no significant difference in measured features between males and females. The highest weight was recorded as 123.5 g. and the lowest as 50 g.. Moreover; the longest body length of animal and the shortest were 292 and 127 centimeter, respectively. Two features, head-body length and ear size showed significant difference among animals caught from three states. Regression analysis among features showed correlation between head-body length and leg length. On the other hand, ear size and leg length had significant correlation

Keyword :

Palm Squirrel, Funambulus pennantii, Iran, Biology

Author(s) : Yousefi, S., Izadian, M., Kheradpir, N.
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Published Issue : 2013 Vol. 8 Number 1

2013 Vol. 8 Number 1