Protospermophilus quatalensis Gazin 1930 (squirrel)

Mammalia - Rodentia - Sciuridae

Alternative combination: Citellus quatalensis

Full reference: C. L. Gazin. 1930. A Tertiary vertebrate fauna from the upper Cuyama drainage basin, California. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 404(6):55-76

Belongs to Protospermophilus according to M. D. Bryant 1945

See also Black 1963, Gazin 1930 and James 1963

Sister taxa: Protospermophilus angusticeps, Protospermophilus kelloggi, Protospermophilus malheurensis, Protospermophilus tephrus, Protospermophilus vortmani

Type specimen: CIT 30, a partial skull ( A skull without the cranium and the posterior half of the orbits, broken upper incisors and left P3 through M2 present; a left mandibular ramus with lower inci). Its type locality is Quatal Canyon South Side 3, which is in a Clarendonian terrestrial horizon in the MR Caliente Formation of California.

Ecology: scansorial granivore-frugivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (17: California, Nebraska, Texas collections)

Total: 17 collections each including a single occurrence

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