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Tamias speciosus (lodgepole chipmunk)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Lodgepole chipmunk (Tamias speciosus) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is found in the U.S. state of California at elevations from 1,500 to 3,000 metres (4,900 to 9,800 ft). The Lodgepole Chipmunk has a variety of common names including: Tahoe Chipmunk, Sequoia Chipmunk, Mt. Pinos Chipmunk, and San Bernardino Chipmunk.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.48
EDGE Score: 2.35


Adult Weight [2]  62 grams
Diet [3]  Frugivore, Granivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  50 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  50 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Arboreal [1]  Yes
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Litter Size [2]  4
Litters / Year [2]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
California montane chaparral and woodlands United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Sierra Nevada forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Devil's Postpile National Monument V 807 California, United States
Hamilton Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 52 California, United States  
Lassen Volcanic National Park II 29388 California, United States
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve II 172261 California, United States
Yosemite National Park II 95209 California, United States

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States Yes

Prey / Diet

Abies magnifica (California red fir)[2]
Camponotus laevigatus (Carpenter ant)[2]
Nymphalis californica (California Tortoiseshell)[2]
Pinus jeffreyi (Jeffrey's pine)[2]
Pinus lambertiana (Sugar pine)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aplodontia rufa californica1
Ernobius melanoventris1
Ernobius montanus1
Leptoglossus occidentalis (western conifer-seed bug)1
Tamias amoenus (yellow-pine chipmunk)1
Tamias quadrimaculatus (long-eared chipmunk)2


Parasitized by 
Callistopsyllus terinus deuterus[4]
Ceratophyllus ciliatus mononis[4]
Dermacentor andersoni (Rocky Mountain wood tick)[2]
Dermacentor occidentalis (Net tick)[2]
Ixodes angustus[2]
Ixodes hearlei[2]
Ixodes texanus (Raccoon tick)[2]
Orchopeas sexdentatus nevadensis[4]

Range Map

North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, 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
2Tamias speciosus, Troy L. Best, Robin G. Clawson, and Joseph A. Clawson, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 478, pp. 1-9 (1994)
3Hamish 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
4International Flea Database
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