This photo shows a Prevost’s Squirrel eating a ripe Ficus subcordata fig at the Inikea forest rehabilitation project in SE Sabah.
Prevosts’s Squirrel is the most common tree squirrel in forested areas of Borneo where it is a forest fruit specialist. Unlike many squirrels it rarely eats seeds.
After stripping off the surface flesh of this fig the seedy interior will be dropped. Prevost’s Squirrel is therefore neither a seed predator not a seed disperser of fig seeds but a “pulp thief.”
See also Fig Ecology: Prevost’s Squirrel.
Photos and information provided by Shavez Cheema and Chun Xing WONG of 1Stop Borneo Wildlife.