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The ground squirrel.
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(Animals) any of various North American ground squirrels of the genera Citellus, Spermophilopsis, etc, regarded as pests in many regions
[C19: from sperm(at)o- + -phile, on the model of New Latin spermophilus a seed-lover]
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ground′ squir`rel

any of various striped or variegated, mostly burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, esp. of the genus Spermophilus (or Citellus), that are widespread in North America and Eurasia and often do much damage to crops. Also called gopher, spermophile.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermophile - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worldsspermophile - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
antelope chipmunk, antelope squirrel, Citellus leucurus, whitetail antelope squirrel - small ground squirrel of western United States
Citellus lateralis, mantled ground squirrel - common black-striped reddish-brown ground squirrel of western North America; resembles a large chipmunk
Citellus citellus, souslik, suslik - rather large central Eurasian ground squirrel
Citellus richardsoni, flickertail, Richardson ground squirrel - of sagebrush and grassland areas of western United States and Canada
Citellus variegatus, rock squirrel - large grey ground squirrel of rocky areas of the southwestern United States
Arctic ground squirrel, Citellus parryi, parka squirrel - large ground squirrel of the North American far north
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Researchers at the National Eye Institute have discovered cellular mechanisms that help the thirteen-lined ground squirrel survive hibernation.
In our area, the only true hibernators are the groundhog (or woodchuck) and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. The groundhog, of course, gets all the attention on Feb.
Species of Eimeria from the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus, from Wyoming.
Thirteen-lined ground squirrel and other ground squirrel mothers start to dissociate from offspring around two weeks post emergence (McCarley, 1966; Dunford, 1977b; Schwagmeyer, 1980; Michener, 1981; Freeman, 2009), and stop alarm calling for offspring around three weeks post emergence (Schwagmeyer, 1980).
Public enemy number one was the "gopher", a collective name for three common species occurring in Manitoba at the time: the Flickertail or Richardson's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii), the Scrub Gopher or Franklin's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus franklinii), and the Striped Gopher or Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus).
Although both rodent species are members of the family Sciuridae, these observations suggest that MPXV infection in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel is more severe than in prairie dogs.
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecernlineatus) is common along roadsides in the general area of Willow Slough, but it is not very common at Willow Slough itself.
-- Monthly fecal analysis of five specimens of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) maintained under normal laboratory conditions from November 1997 through 9 April 1998 charted the microfloral responses to emergence of the host animals from semi-torpid conditions approximating hibernation to the active state.
Individual, social, and seasonal behavior of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Sperrnophilus tridecemlineatus).
Ictidomys tridecemlineatus (thirteen-lined ground squirrel) is difficult to separate from Xerospermophilus spilosoma (spotted ground squirrel) on most skeletal elements.
(1990) found 16 species of mammals at Miller Woods: opossum, short-tailed shrew, masked shrew, eastern mole, cottontail, white-footed mouse, prairie deer mouse, meadow vole, muskrat, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, red squirrel, raccoon, long-tailed weasel and white-tailed deer.
-- This marginal record of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel is significant in that it demonstrates range overlap with the Mexican ground squirrel.