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
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


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.


  • 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". 1993. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013.