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Any of various rodents of the family Sciuridae, which includes the squirrels, prairie dogs, and marmots.

[From New Latin Sciūridae, family name, from Latin sciūrus, squirrel; see squirrel.]

sci′u·rid′ adj.


(Animals) a squirrel or related rodent
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Coccidia (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from sciurid rodents (Eutamias, Sciurus, Tamiasciurus spp.
phagocytophilum in sciurid rodents, researchers trapped animals in four state parks in 13 counties including 37 western gray squirrels, nine nonnative eastern gray squirrels, a nonnative eastern fox squirrel, four Douglas squirrels, and two northern flying squirrels.
The specimen from La Bullana 2B certainly corresponds to a sciurid, but it is much smaller than the other remains of sciurids found in this locality ascribed to Atlantoxerns.
In this project, I propose to test in a free living sciurid rodent, the Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris), whether the costs of group living vary with social status, and whether this can be explained by physiological and molecular changes that influence longevity.
The red-bellied squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus is a sciurid rodent native to southeastern Asia (Corbet & Hill 1992) which was intentionally introduced into Argentina (Aprile & Chicco 1999), Belgium (Dozieres et al.
Torpor bout duration during the hibernation season of two sciurid rodents: interrelations with temperature and metabolism.
Sciurid phylogeny and the paraphyly of Holarctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus).
A phylogenetic tree based on the omp1n gene clusters a sciurid strain with local horses, distinct from northern California woodrats (online Appendix Figure, available from www.
Sciurid phylogeny and paraphyly of Holarctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus).
After adjusting for sciurid captures, capture rates remained higher for Sherman traps in northern hardwoods (Z = 2.
1991a), preliminary discussion of sigmodontine rodents (Austin 1992), and detailed analyses of the freshwater and terrestrial mollusks (Roth and Reynolds 1990), lizards (Norell 1986), sciurid rodents (Goodwin and Reynolds 1989), and woodrats (Force 1991).
Sciurid rodents have very strong jaw musculature and are among the few animals that can open the hard shells of Juglans and Carya nuts (Emry & Thorington, 1984).