African striped squirrel

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African striped squirrels (genus Funisciurus), or rope squirrels, form a taxon of squirrels under the subfamily Xerinae and the tribe Protoxerini. They are only found in western and central Africa.

African striped squirrels
Temporal range: Recent
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Lady Burton's rope squirrel (Funisciurus isabella)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Protoxerini
Genus: Funisciurus
Trouessart, 1880
Species

DiscussionEdit

African striped squirrels have been implicated in the spread of human monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There are nine species in the genus:


 
Congo rope squirrel photographed in Damaraland, Namibia.

ReferencesEdit

  • Nowak, Ronald M. (1999). Walker's Mammals of the World (6th ed.). Baltimore & London: The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1277–1279.
  • "Complete list of squirrels by common name and species name". squirrels.org. 1993. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013.