Brazilian squirrel

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Brazilian squirrel
Sciurus aestuans.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
Subgenus: Guerlinguetus
Species: S. aestuans
Binomial name
Sciurus aestuans
Linnaeus, 1766
Subspecies[2]
  • S. a. aestuans
  • S. a. alphonsei
  • S. a. garbei
  • S. a. georgihernandezi
  • S. a. henseli
  • S. a. ingrami
  • S. a. macconnelli
  • S. a. poaiae
  • S. a. quelchii
  • S. a. venustus

The Brazilian squirrel (or Guianan squirrel) (Sciurus aestuans) is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus endemic to South America. It is found in North-eastern Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela.

It is a dark brown squirrel that feeds mainly on fruits and nuts, but can also prey on eggs and the young of birds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amori, G., Koprowski, J. & Roth, L. (2008). Sciurus aestuans. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Sciurus (Guerlinguetus) aestuans". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 754–818. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608. 
  • John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.