National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 27–33

Distribution and Status of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) in Rajasthan, India

Authors

    • Aquatic Toxicology and Wildlife Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University College of ScienceMohanlal Sukhadia University
  • Chhaya Bhatnagar
    • Aquatic Toxicology and Wildlife Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University College of ScienceMohanlal Sukhadia University
  • Satish Kumar Sharma
    • Assistant Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Sanctuary Jaisamand
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s40009-012-0105-z

Cite this article as:
Koli, V.K., Bhatnagar, C. & Sharma, S.K. Natl. Acad. Sci. Lett. (2013) 36: 27. doi:10.1007/s40009-012-0105-z

Abstract

Distribution and status of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) have been assessed in the state of Rajasthan, India. A total of 1,704 km surveys were made in southern Rajasthan from January 2009 to June 2011. A total of 86 flying squirrels were encountered at 39 sites of 4 districts and mainly concentrated in protected areas. The overall encounter rate was 0.05 animals/km. Petaurista philippensis was found to be natural cavity dweller and mostly nested on Madhuca longifolia. Hunting, cultural traditions, myths and construction of national highway were found major potent factors for decline flying squirrels’ population.

Keywords

Petaurista philippensis Rajasthan India Madhuca longifolia Myths

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