African giant squirrel

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African giant squirrels (genus Protoxerus) form a taxon of squirrels under the subfamily Xerinae. They are only found in Africa.

African giant squirrels
Temporal range: Recent
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Forest giant squirrel (Protoxerus stangeri)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Protoxerini
Genus: Protoxerus
Forsyth Major, 1893

Protoxerus stangeri
Protoxerus aubinnii

The two subgenera of African giant squirrels each has a single species:[1]


  1. ^ a b Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Family Sciuridae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 754–818. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608.