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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Marmotini — some ground squirrels.
  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Mamotini — the ground squirrels.


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New Latin, from Ancient Greek σπέρμα (sperma, "seed, semen") + φίλος (philos, "fond of")


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  • Other mammals include predators such as mountain lions (Felis concolor), coyotes (Canis latrans) and prey such as black-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus), and round-tailed ground squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus).

    Sonoran desert

  • The most commonly seen mammals include chipmunk Eutamias spp., yellow-bellied marmot Marmota flaviventris, ground squirrel Spermophilus spp., black bear Ursus americanus, coyote Canis latrans and mule deer Odocoileus hemionus.

    Yosemite National Park, United States

  • While hibernation during the winter is found in a few arctic mammals such as the Arctic ground squirrel (Spermophilus parryii), most homeothermic animals are active throughout the year.

    General characteristics of arctic species and their adaptations in the context of changes in climate and ultraviolet-B radiation levels

  • Also common are the yellow ground squirrel (Spermophilus fulvus), numerous species of voles (Microtus spp.) and bats (Chiroptera spp.).

    Alai-Western Tian Shan steppe

  • Other endemic fauna include the Mojave ground squirrel (Spermophilus Mojavensis) and Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis).

    Mojave desert

  • It is not exactly in Europe, but a few months ago, a new squirrel was discovered in Turkey: Spermophilus taurensis.

    The first new European mammal in 100 years? You must be joking

  • This ecoregion provides important seasonal staging and migration habitat for many waterfowl, and supports populations of caribou (Cervus elaphus), moose (Alces alces), Arctic ground squirrel (Spermophilus parryii), and Alaskan hare (Lepus othus).

    Alaska Peninsula montane taiga

  • Endemic mammals include San Quintín Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys gravipes), and Baja California rock squirrel (Spermophilus atricapillus).

    Baja California desert

  • Common wildlife species in this ecoregion include white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), rabbit (Sylvilagus spp.), ground squirrel (Spermophilus spp.) and significant waterfowl populations.

    Northern tall grasslands

  • Their scientific name is good too: Spermophilus beldingi.

    Isn't the name "Belding's ground squirrels"


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