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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: Callosciurinae
Genus: Callosciurus
Species: C. adamsi - C. albescens - C. baluensis - C. caniceps - C. erythraeus - C. finlaysonii - C. inornatus - C. melanogaster - C. nigrovittatus - C. notatus - C. orestes - C. phayrei - C. prevostii - C. pygerythrus - C. quinquestriatus


Callosciurus (Gray, 1867)


* Callosciurus 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
Deutsch: Echte Schönhörnchen
English: Beautiful Squirrel
Lietuvių: Puošniosios voverės


Callosciurus is a genus of squirrels found mainly in Southeast Asia, though a few species also occur in Nepal, northeastern India, Bangladesh and southern China.[1] Several of the species have settled on islands. In total, the genus contains 15 species and numerous varieties and subspecies.[1] The genera Glyphotes, Rubrisciurus, and Tamiops have sometimes been included in Callosciurus.

Most species are overall rather dull olive-brown to gray and several have a pale and dark stripe on their side, but a few are very colorful;[2] in fact, they belong to the most colorful mammals. The Pallas's squirrel has an unremarkable olive-gray back, but its belly is often –but not always– bright red.[3] The "typical" subspecies of Prevost's squirrel have a black back, white sides, and red-brown underside. The Finlayson's squirrel occurs in numerous varieties, three of which are overall red-brown, overall black, or pure white.[2] The length of these squirrels is between 13 and 27 cm (5.1 and 11 in), not including the 13 to 27 cm (5.1 to 11 in) long tail.[2][4]

Most squirrels in Callosciurus live in tropical rain forests, but some individuals live in parks and gardens in cities. In the trees, they build their nests out of plant material. They are solitary, and give birth to one to five young. Their food consists of nuts, fruits, and seeds, and also of insects and bird eggs.


There are 15 species in this genus:[1]

* Callosciurus albescens (Bonhote, 1901), Kloss's squirrel: northern Sumatra.

* Callosciurus adamsi (Kloss, 1921), ear-spot squirrel: northern Borneo.

* Callosciurus baluensis (Bonhote, 1901), Kinabalu squirrel: northeastern Borneo.

* Callosciurus caniceps (Gray, 1842), gray-bellied squirrel: Myanmar, Thailand, Malay Peninsula.

* Callosciurus erythraeus (Pallas, 1779), Pallas's squirrel: southern China including Hainan, Taiwan, Indochina; introduced to Argentina, Belgium, France and Japan.[5]

* Callosciurus finlaysonii (Horsfield, 1824), Finlayson's squirrel: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia.

* Callosciurus inornatus (Gray, 1867), inornate squirrel, Yunnan (China), Laos, Vietnam.

* Callosciurus melanogaster (Thomas, 1895), Mentawai squirrel: Mentawai Islands.

* Callosciurus nigrovittatus (Horsfield, 1824), black-striped squirrel; Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, numerous small islands.

* Callosciurus notatus (Boddaert, 1785), plantain squirrel: Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Lombok, numerous small islands.

* Callosciurus orestes (Thomas, 1895), Borneo black-banded squirrel: northwestern Borneo.

* Callosciurus phayrei (Blyth, 1856), Phayre's squirrel: southern Myanmar.

* Callosciurus prevostii (Desmarest, 1822), Prevost's squirrel: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, numerous small islands; introduced to Sulawesi.

* Callosciurus pygerythrus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831), Irrawaddy squirrel: Nepal, northeastern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar.

* Callosciurus quinquestriatus (Anderson, 1871), Anderson's squirrel: border region of Yunnan (China) and Myanmar.

The Kloss Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus albescens) of Sumatra is sometimes considered to be a separate species, but more often as a subspecies of the Plantain Squirrel.


1. ^ a b c Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Family Sciuridae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608.
2. ^ a b c Francis, C. M. (2008). A Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia. ISBN 978-0-691-13551-9
3. ^ Smith, T. S., and Y. Xie, editors (2008). A Guide to the Mammals of China. ISBN 978-0-691-09984-2
4. ^ Payne, J., and C. M. Francis (1985), A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo. ISBN 967-99947-1-6
5. ^ Stuyck, Baert, Breyne & Adriaens (2010). Invasion history and control of a Pallas squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus population in Dadizele, Belgium. Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek

* Ronald M. Nowak: Walker's Mammals of the World. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999 ISBN 0-8018-5789-9

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