Xerinae

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Xerinae
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South African Ground Squirrel (Xerus inauris)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Xerinae
Osborn, 1910
Tribes & Genera

Xerini

Atlantoxerus
Spermophilopsis
Xerus

Protoxerini

Epixerus
Funisciurus
Heliosciurus
Myosciurus
Paraxerus
Protoxerus

Marmotini

Ammospermophilus
Callospermophilus
Cynomys
Eutamias
Ictidomys
Marmota
Neotamias
Notocitellus
Otospermophilus
Poliocitellus
Sciurotamias
Spermophilus
Tamias
Urocitellus
Xerospermophilus

Xerinae is a subfamily of squirrels, many of which are highly terrestrial. It includes the tribes Marmotini (marmots, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and other Holarctic ground squirrels), Xerini (African and some Eurasian ground squirrels), and Protoxerini (African tree squirrels).

References[edit]

  • Thorington, R. W. and R. S. Hoffmann. 2005. Family Sciuridae. pp 754–818 in Wilson, E. D. and Reeder, D. M. (eds.), Mammal Species of the World A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Vol. 2. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.