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Otospermophilus beecheyi (California ground squirrel)

Synonyms: Spermophilus beecheyi
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi), is a common and easily observed ground squirrel of the western United States and the Baja California Peninsula; it is common in Oregon and California and its range has relatively recently extended into Washington and northwestern Nevada. Formerly placed in Spermophilus, as Spermophilus beecheyi, it was reclassified in Otospermophilus in 2009 as it became clear that Spermophilus as previously defined was not a natural (monophyletic) group.
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Infraspecies

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
1
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
11
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 3.43
EDGE Score: 1.49

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  1.28 lbs (578.5 g)
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  20 %
Diet - Plants [2]  40 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  40 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Hibernates [3]  Yes

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Baja California desert Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
California Central Valley grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
California coastal sage and chaparral Mexico, United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
California interior chaparral and woodlands United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
California montane chaparral and woodlands United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Central and Southern Cascades forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Central Pacific coastal forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests  
Eastern Cascades forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Klamath-Siskiyou forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Mojave desert United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Northern California coastal forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Sierra Juarez and San Pedro Martir pine-oak forests Mexico Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Sierra Nevada forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Willamette Valley forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA III 184543 California, United States
Bishop Pine Preserve   California, United States  
Cabrillo National Monument V 149 California, United States
California Coast Ranges Biosphere Reserve 153447 California, United States  
Carrizo Plain Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 7550 California, United States  
Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve 17423 Oregon, United States
Cosumnes River Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 2138 California, United States
Death Valley National Park II 762125 California, Nevada, United States
Dye Creek Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 38152 California, United States  
Elkhorn Slough Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 964 California, United States  
Golden Gate National Recreation Area V 26135 California, United States
H.J. Andrews Biosphere Reserve 15815 Oregon, United States
Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Range Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 7008 California, United States
Jackson Demonstration State Forest   California, United States
Jepson Prairie Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 1553 California, United States
Joshua Tree National Park II 305076 California, United States
Landels-Hill Big Creek Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 45 California, United States
Lassen Volcanic National Park II 29388 California, United States
Lava Beds National Monument III 20002 California, United States
McCloud River Preserve Conservation Easement 1693 California, United States
McGinty Mountain Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 753 California, United States  
Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve 5901 California, United States  
Mount Tamalpais State Park 6365 California, United States
Nipomo Dunes Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 3725 California, United States
Oregon Caves National Monument V 456 Oregon, United States
Paine Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve 2965 California, United States    
Philip L. Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center 6101 California, United States
Pinnacles National Monument V 2869 California, United States
Pixley Vernal Pools Preserve 37 California, United States
Point Reyes National Seashore II 27068 California, United States
Redwood National Park II 77867 California, United States
Rockville Hills Regional Park   California, United States  
San Dimas Biosphere Reserve 17161 California, United States  
San Francisco Peninsular Watershed County Wildlife Refuge or Management Area 30320 California, United States  
San Joaquin Biosphere Reserve 4527 California, United States  
Sand Ridge Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 285 California, United States
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area V 38440 California, United States
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve II 172261 California, United States
Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area V 197791 California, United States
Yosemite National Park II 95209 California, United States

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No

Prey / Diet

Encelia californica (California brittlebush)[4]
Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)[4]
Foeniculum vulgare (sweet fennel)[4]
Quercus lobata (Californian White Oak)[4]

Predators

Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[4]
Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)[4]
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)[4]
Canis latrans (Coyote)[4]
Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture)[4]
Felis silvestris (Wildcat)[4]
Pituophis catenifer (Gopher Snake)[5]
Taxidea taxus (American Badger)[4]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Aetheca wagneri[6]
Baylisascaris procyonis[7]
Catallagia luski[6]
Cediopsylla inaequalis inaequalis[6]
Dactylopsylla bluei bluei[6]
Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight flea)[6]
Hoplopsyllus anomalus (rodent flea)[6]
Linognathoides laeviusculus[4]
Malaraeus sinomus[6]
Malaraeus telchinus[6]
Orchopeas nepos[6]
Orchopeas sexdentatus sexdentatus[6]
Oropsylla montana[6]
Oropsylla tuberculata tuberculata[6]
Rhadinopsylla sectilis goodi[6]
Thrassis petiolatus[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Project Wildlife

Range Map

North America;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Feeding ecology of North American gopher snakes (Pituophis catenifer, Colubridae), JAVIER A. RODRÍGUEZ-ROBLES, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2002, 77, 165–183
6International Flea Database
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access