Mearns's Squirrel
Mearns's Squirrel
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Tamiasciurus
Species: T. mearnsi
Binomial name
Tamiasciurus mearnsi
(Townsend, 1897)

Mearns's Squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae.[2] It is endemic to pine and fir forests at altitudes of 2,100–2,400 metres (6,900–7,900 ft) in central Baja California in Mexico.[1] This endangered species occurs in low densities and is threatened by habitat loss.[1][3] It is possibly also threatened by competition from the Eastern Gray Squirrel, which was introduced to the range of the Mearns's Squirrel in 1946, but may not be present anymore.[3] The Mearns's Squirrel is closely related to the Douglas Squirrel, but far less is known about its behavior, which was first studied in detail in 2004-2005.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c de Grammont, P. C. & Cuarón, A. (2008). Tamiasciurus mearnsi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 8 January 2009.
  2. ^ Thorington, Richard W., Jr.; Hoffman, Robert S. (16 November 2005). "Family Sciuridae (pp. 754-818)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. (2142 pp.). p. 766. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=12400278. 
  3. ^ a b c Koprowski, Ramos, Pasch & Zugmeyer (2006). Observation on the ecology of the endemic Mearn's Squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi). The Southwestern Naturalist. 51(3): 426-430

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