ammospermophilus

antelope squirrel, genus yang ditemukan di gurun di Amerika Utara bagian barat. A. leucu’rus merupakan pejamu alami bagi pinjal yang menularkan pes.

ammospermophilus (Wikipedia)
Antelope squirrels
Temporal range: Late Miocene - Recent
White Tailed Squirrel.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Marmotini
Genus: Ammospermophilus
Merriam, 1892
Species

A. harrisii
A. insularis
A. interpres
A. leucurus
A. nelsoni

Antelope squirrels or antelope ground squirrels of the genus Ammospermophilus are sciurids found in the desert and dry scrub areas of south-western United States and northern Mexico. They are a type of ground squirrel and are able to resist hyperthermia and can survive body temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F).

There are currently four recognised species in the world, with one subspecies:

All are somewhat similar in appearance and behavior. They are around 14–17 centimetres (5.5–6.7 in) long with a 6–10 centimetres (2.4–3.9 in) tail, and weigh 110–150 grams (3.9–5.3 oz). The tail is somewhat flattened. They have a single white stripe on both flanks and none on the face. They live in burrows, which they dig for themselves. They are diurnal, and do not hibernate (though they become less active during the winter), so they are fairly easily seen.