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Paraxerus cepapi (Smith's bush squirrel)

Synonyms: Paraxerus cepate; Sciurus cepapi (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

Smith's bush squirrel, the yellow-footed squirrel, or the tree squirrel in South Africa, Paraxerus cepapi, is an African bush squirrel found in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is a common rodent which is diurnal by nature.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.9
EDGE Score: 1.93


Adult Weight [1]  216 grams
Birth Weight [1]  13 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  40 %
Diet - Plants [2]  20 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  40 %
Forages - Scansorial [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  6 months 5 days
Gestation [1]  57 days
Litter Size [1]  2
Litters / Year [1]  2
Maximum Longevity [3]  10 years
Snout to Vent Length [3]  7 inches (17 cm)
Weaning [1]  40 days


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No

Prey / Diet

Ficus abutilifolia (Large-leaved Rock Fig)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Lybius torquatus (Black-collared Barbet)1
Onychognathus morio (Red-winged Starling)1
Tauraco porphyreolophus (Purple-crested Turaco)1


Hieraaetus ayresii (Ayres's Hawk-Eagle)[5]


Parasitized by 
Xenopsylla brasiliensis[6]

Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
4"Fig-eating by vertebrate frugivores: a global review", MIKE SHANAHAN, SAMSON SO, STEPHEN G. COMPTON and RICHARD CORLETT, Biol. Rev. (2001), 76, pp. 529–572
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0