Asiatic striped squirrel

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Asiatic Striped Squirrels
Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent
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Himalayan striped squirrel (Tamiops mcclellandii)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Callosciurinae
Tribe: Callosciurini
Genus: Tamiops
Allen, 1906
Species

Tamiops mcclellandii
Tamiops maritimus
Tamiops rodolphii
Tamiops swinhoei

Asiatic striped squirrels are a genus (Tamiops) of squirrels (Sciuridae) in the subfamily Callosciurinae. They are small striped arboreal squirrels from Asia. Their head to body length measured from 10 to 13. They get often confused with other squirrels (e.f. Funambulus or Tamias). In contrast to these other squirrels they have smaller rounded ears with tipped white hairs. A black longitudinal stripe is present in the middle of the back, which is paralleled on both side with two pairs of pale longitudinal stripes. These pale stripes are separated by dark brownish stripes (fig. 1).[1] In some countries they are kept as pets.

Fig. 1: Systematic figure of the stripe pattern in Asiatic striped squirrel.

There are four species of Asiatic striped squirrels:

Asiatic striped squirrels can be identified by the differences in the stripe pattern. For example, in some species the stripe of the cheek interrups in the shoulder region and does not continue to the outermost pale stripe (fig. 2).[1]

Fig. 2: Drawings of differences in Asiatic striped squirrel species - Close up of the head region in lateral view.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thorington, R. W. Jr., Koprowski, J. L., Steele, M. A. and J. F. Whatton. 2012. Squirrels of the World. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.