Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Rediscovery of Namdapha Flying Squirrel in Arunachal Pradesh


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Prelims level: Namdapha Flying Squirrel

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Namdapha Flying Squirrel

Central Idea

  • The Namdapha flying squirrel, missing for 42 years, has been sighted again in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • This rare species was last documented in 1981 in the Namdapha Tiger Reserve.

Namdapha Flying Squirrel

Species Name Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi)
Type Arboreal, nocturnal flying squirrel
Endemic Region Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India
Habitat Tall Mesua ferrea jungles, often on hill slopes in the catchment area of the Dihing River, northeastern India
First Discovery Known from a single specimen collected in Namdapha National Park in 1981
Physical Description – Reddish, grizzled fur with white above

– Pale grey crown, orangish patagium, white underparts

Genus Significance Was the sole member of its genus until the discovery of other species like Biswamoyopterus laoensis (2013) and Biswamoyopterus gaoligongensis (2018)
Conservation Status IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Wildlife Protection Act Status: Schedule I

Threats Threatened by poaching and possibly habitat destruction

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