Père David's rock squirrel

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Père David's rock squirrel
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurotamias
S. davidianus
Binomial name
Sciurotamias davidianus
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The Père David's rock squirrel (Sciurotamias davidianus), also known as the Chinese rock squirrel,[2] is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to China, where it is found widely in rocky habitats in the eastern and central parts of the country.[1] This largely terrestrial squirrel is overall dull olive-grey with paler underparts, a distinct pale eye-ring and a dark patch on the cheeks. It has sometimes been confused with the rather different –but in colour very variable– Pallas's squirrel; an introduced population in Belgium was first mistakenly identified as Père David's rock squirrel.[3]


  1. ^ a b Smith, A. T. & Johnston, C. H. (2008). "Sciurotamias davidianus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ Callahan, J. R.; Davis, R. (1982). "Reproductive Tract and Evolutionary Relationships of the Chinese Rock Squirrel, Sciurotamias davidianus". Journal of Mammalogy. 63: 42. JSTOR 1380669.
  3. ^ Stuyck, Baert, Breyne & Adriaens (2010). Invasion history and control of a Pallas squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus population in Dadizele, Belgium. Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek.

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