Asiatic striped squirrel
|Asiatic Striped Squirrels
Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent
|Himalayan striped squirrel (Tamiops mcclellandii)|
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). In some countries they are kept as pets.
There are four species of Asiatic striped squirrels:
- Himalayan Striped Squirrel, Tamiops mcclellandii
- Maritime Striped Squirrel, Tamiops maritimus
- Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Tamiops rodolphii
- Swinhoe's Striped Squirrel, Tamiops swinhoei
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).
- 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.
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