Squirrels and relatives II

Ground squirrels

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Sciuragnathi Family Sciuridae Subfamily Sciurinae

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Short and stout short-haired rodent with a slender or bushy tail that is one quarter to one half the total squirrel's length; coloration varies between species from uniform to distinctive contrasting patches, dark and light stripes, or speckled with small light spots

Size

Number of genera, species

9 genera; 95 species

Habitat

Desert, prairie, savanna, shrub, temperate forests, subalpine forests, rocky slopes, alpine meadows, and arctic tundra

Conservation status

Endangered: 4 species; Vulnerable: 6 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 6 species; Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent: 2 species; Data Deficient: 1 species

Distribution

North America, north Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, central to eastern Europe, west and central Asia, north Asia, and east Asia

Distribution

North America, north Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, central to eastern Europe, west and central Asia, north Asia, and east Asia

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