Ammospermophilus leucurus

Ammospermophilus leucurus (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Sciuromorpha
Familia: Sciuridae
Subfamilia: Xerinae
Tribus: Marmotini
Genus: Ammospermophilus
Species: Ammospermophilus leucurus
Subspecies: A. l. canfieldiae - A. l. cinamomeus - A. l. escalante - A. l. extimus - A. l. leucurus - A. l. notom - A. l. peninsulae - A. l. pennipes - A. l. tersus


Ammospermophilus leucurus Merriam, 1889


Ammospermophilus leucurus on Mammal Species of the World.
* Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder

Vernacular names
English: White-tailed Antelope Squirrel


The white-tailed antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus leucurus) is a diurnal species of ground squirrel found in arid regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is omnivorous, feeding primarily on foliage (10%-60% of its diet), seeds (20%-50%), arthropods, and to a lesser extent, vertebrates (mainly lizards and rodents; predatory behavior by ground squirrels has been noted[2][3][4][5]).[6] This species of squirrel has an average home range of 14.9 acres (60,000 m2), and utilizes approximately 4 acres (16,000 m2) in its daily activities.[7]


1. ^ Linzey, A. V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S. T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. (2008). Ammospermophilus leucurus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 6 January 2009.
2. ^ Green, M. M. (1925). Notes on some mammals of Montmorency County, Michigan. J. Mamm., 6: 173-178.
3. ^ Bailey, B. (1923). Meat-eating propensities of some rodents of Minnesota. J. Mamm., 4: 129.
4. ^ Johnson, A. M. (1922). An observation of the carnivorous propensities of the gray gopher. J. Mamm., 3: 187.
5. ^ Bridgwater, D. D., and Penny, D.F. (1966). Predation by Citellus tridecemlineatus on other vertebrates. J. Mamm., 47: 345-346.
6. ^ Bradley W. G. (1968). Food habits of the antelope ground squirrel in southern Nevada. Journal Of Mammalogy, 49:14–21
7. ^ Bradley, W.G. and J.E. Deacon (1965). "The biotic communities of southern Nevada," Univ. Nevada, Desert Research Institute Preprint, 9: 1-74 plus indices.

* "Ammospermophilus leucurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 March 2006.

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