Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Borneo) and Brunei (Duckworth et al. 2006). Confusion about the existence of this species on Java is due to an error in the original description, which is occasionally still repeated today, e.g. by Wilson and Reeder (2005), where the holotype was said to come from Java (Duckworth et al. 2006). An individual from southern Thailand was collected at Khao Chong, Trang Province (Lekagul and McNeely 1977), also recently recorded records (about 5) extend the known range farther north (Specimen in Thailand Institute of Science and Technical Research), up to 10 degrees North Latitude (Duckworth et al. 2006). This species was recorded from Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra in 1994, at altitudes of 400 m and 800 m (Franklin and Wells, 2005). Attitudinally wide-ranging, with records up to 1,700 m (Payne et al. 1985, Duckworth et al. 2006), with many records up to 1,400 m (Duckworth et al. 2006). There are wide-spread records of this species on Borneo, across the island both historically and recently, as well as on Sumatra (Duckworth et al. 2006).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Little is known about the habitat and ecology of this species, though it is probably similar to other weasels in that it is ground-dwelling and so potentially exposed to generalised snaring and other forms of trapping. However, the distribution of recent records in deforested areas, even urban sites, indicate a high tolerance to human activities (Duckworth et al. 2006). Little is known about the habitat and ecology of this species, though it is probably similar to other weasels in that it is ground-dwelling and so potentially exposed to generalised snaring and other forms of trapping. However, the distribution of recent records in deforested areas, even urban sites, indicate a high tolerance to human activities (Duckworth et al. 2006).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Duckworth, J.W. & Kanchanasaka, B.

Reviewer/s
Belant, J. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern, as it has widely been reported outside forest, and ascends to much higher altitudes than those at which the current punishing levels of forest conversion are taking place in the Greater Sundas, such that a population decline at sufficient rates even for Near Threatened cannot be inferred on habitat trends. No direct major threats to the species are known or suspected.
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Population

Population
There are no studies on this species, however, it appears to be widespread but difficult to see, at low density, and/or patchily distributed. This species has not been camera trapped regularly, as there is currently only one known record of camera trapping within the range, and the aggregate camera-trapping at known sites suggests that as currently used camera-traps are not an efficient way to find the species (Duckworth et al. 2006).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Currently no major threats to this species have been traced. It is eaten in parts of Sarawak and there is some evidence of medicinal use, but no evidence that these activities are major threats (Duckworth et al. 2006)..
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is protected in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, but not in Sarawak nor in Indonesia (based ARCBC database). This species has been reported from many protected areas within its range (Duckworth et al. (2006).
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Wikipedia

Malayan weasel

The Malayan weasel (Mustela nudipes) is a species of weasel. It lives in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is rated "Least Concern" by the IUCN Red List. Malayan weasels have a body length of 12–14 inches (30–36 cm) and a tail length of 9.4–10.2 inches (24–26 cm). The body is reddish-brown to grayish-white. The head is a much lighter color than the rest of the body. There is no hair on the soles of the feet around the pads.

Not much is known about its breeding habits, but a litter of four has been recorded.

There are two subspecies of the Malayan weasel:

  • M. n.nudipes
  • M. n. leucocephalus

References

  1. ^ Duckworth, J.W. & Kanchanasaka, B. (2008). Mustela nudipes. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 21 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
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