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Xerospermophilus

Wikipedia Abstract

Xerospermophilus is a genus of ground squirrels in the family Sciuridae, containing four species. The members of this genus were formerly placed in the large ground squirrel genus Spermophilus. Since DNA sequencing of the cytochrome b gene has shown Spermophilus to be paraphyletic to the prairie dogs and marmots, this group is now separated, along with six other genera. Within the genus, the Mohave ground squirrel and the round-tailed ground squirrel were thought to be close relatives, sometimes a subgenus Xerospermophilus, while the spotted ground squirrel and the Perote ground squirrel were placed in the subgenus (now a genus) Ictidomys.
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Species

Xerospermophilus mohavensis (Mohave ground squirrel) (Attributes)
Xerospermophilus perotensis (Perote ground squirrel) (Endangered) (Attributes)
Xerospermophilus spilosoma (spotted ground squirrel) (Attributes)
Xerospermophilus tereticaudus (round-tailed ground squirrel) (Attributes)

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