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Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene - Recent
|American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)|
This genus includes three species:
- Tamiasciurus hudsonicus — American red squirrel
- Tamiasciurus douglasii — Douglas squirrel
- Tamiasciurus mearnsi — Mearns's squirrel
The name Tamiasciurus comes from the Greek "Ταμίας" "Σκίουρος" for "hoarder squirrel".
The American red squirrel should not be confused with the Eurasian red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris — both are usually just referred to as the "red squirrel" in their home continents.