ID help with squirrel at Bantimurung Waterfall, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Dear All,

On 17 June, I’ve did a half day short trip to Bantimurung Waterfall (part of Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park) near Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Besides several Sulawesi endemic birds, also seen two squirrals over there.  It was too dark, and the squirrels was too quick for my cell phone to took any pics. Thus, I have to describe them here as following:

Uniform olive dark green upperpart, head-bady lenth about 15 cm (including the tail), distinctive pale ear tufts.

After Google information of the squirrels of Sulawesi, on the one hand there’re so few things about this issue, on the other hand I found two links below were very useful.

http://sulang.org/sites/default/files/sulanglextopics026-v2.pdf

https://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6067?show=full

Based on information provided by these two publications, I think my squirrels at Bantimurung Waterfall would be Alston’s Dwarf Squirrel ( Prosciurillus alstoni), especially due to its “the beautiful pure white tufting to the ears” .

Is anyone has any field experince of squirrels at Bantimurung Waterfall or southern Sulawesi here? Any comments and suggestion is more than welcome.

Thanks in advance!

Zhu Lei

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