Catalog Number: USNM 121572
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Female; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): W. Abbott
Year Collected: 1902
Locality: North Pagi Island [= Pulau Pagai Utara], Sumatra, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia, Asia
- Type: Miller, G. S. 1903 Nov 06. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 45: 58.
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The golden-bellied treeshrew (Tupaia chrysogaster) is a treeshrew species in the Tupaiidae family. It is also called Mentawai treeshrew as it is endemic to the Indonesian Mentawai islands of Sipora, North and South Pagai. It lives in forests, and is considered endangered due to habitat loss since the islands' forests are continuously logged.
The American zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller first described a golden-bellied treeshrew from North Pagai Island that was part of a zoological collection obtained by the United States National Museum. He considered it a distinct species as this type specimen differed from the common treeshrew by larger teeth and skull, darker coloured fur on the back and a more coarsely grizzled tail.
- Helgen, K. M. (2005). "Tupaia chrysogaster". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 105–106. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Meijaard, E., MacKinnon, J. (2008). "Tupaia chrysogaster". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
- Miller, G. S. Jr. (1903). Seventy New Malayan Mammals. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 45: 1–73.
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