Status and conservation of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in Portugal
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Centro de Biologia Ambiental, Faculdade de Ciêcias da Universidade de Lisboa
School of Biological Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
Publication date: 1998-12-30
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 1998;10(2)
Abstract The historical and recent status and distribution of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in Portugal are analysed using published data, preserved material and unpublished information. In the past the red squirrel occupied the whole of Portugal, but died out towards the end of the 16th century. Now, however, red squirrels have moved back in from Spain and recolonised forests in the north of the country. An important factor limiting the distribution of squirrels in the past was the availability of suitable habitat which provide shelter and food, such as conifer woods. Hunting pressure may also have affected numbers. In Portugal the conservation status of S. vulgaris is Rare.
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