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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.
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(Animals) a squirrel or related rodent
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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.
Two sciurid species, the endangered CNFS and the common southern flying squirrel (SFS; Glaucomys volans), have been impacted by these past and ongoing forest changes.
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.
phagocytophilum strains are genetically similar to human and equine strains, others differ from sciurid, human, horse, and dog strains, with conserved blocks within the msp2 gene (5).
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 = 2.85 P = 0.004) but not in the red pine habitat (Z = 0.80, P = 0.936).