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Antelope squirrels
Fossil range: Late Miocene - Recent
Harris's Antelope Squirrel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Marmotini
Genus: Ammospermophilus
Merriam, 1892
Species

A. harrisii
A. insularis
A. interpres
A. leucurus
A. nelsoni

The antelope squirrels or antelope ground squirrels are the genus Ammospermophilus of sciurids found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

The antelope squirrels are ground squirrels. They live in desert or dry scrub areas.

Five species are currently recognised, with ranges that overlap little. They are:

All are somewhat similar in appearance and behavior. They are around 14–17 cm long with a 6–10 cm tail, and weigh 110–150 grams. The tail is somewhat flattened. They have a single white stripe on the body and none on the face. They live in burrows, which they dig for themselves. They are diurnal, and do not hibernate (though they become less active during the winter), so they are fairly easily seen.

White Tailed Antelope Squirrel

References

  • Thorington, R. W. Jr. and R. S. Hoffman. 2005. Family Sciuridae. Pp. 754-818 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
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