Paraxerus palliatus

Red Bush Squirrel
P. p. ornatus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: squirrels
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Paraxerus
Species: P. palliatus
Binomial name
Paraxerus palliatus
(Peters, 1852)
  • P. p. palliatus
  • P. p. bridgemani
  • P. p. frerei
  • P. p. ornatus
  • P. p. sponsus
  • P. p. swynnertoni
  • P. p. tanae

The Red Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus palliatus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is found in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

The southern-most subspecies Paraxerus palliatus ornatus is endemic to Ongoye Forest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


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