Protospermophilus tephrus Gazin 1932 (squirrel)

Mammalia - Rodentia - Sciuridae

Alternative combinations: Citellus tephrus, Otospermophilus tephrus, Sciurus tephrus, Spermophilus tephrus

Full reference: C. L. Gazin. 1932. A Miocene Mammalian Fauna From South-Eastern Oregon. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 418(3):37-86

Belongs to Protospermophilus according to M. D. Bryant 1945

See also Barnosky 1986, Black 1963, Gazin 1932, Korth 1994, Shotwell 1968 and Wilson and Reeder 1993

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

Type specimen: CIT 332, a partial skull ( skull without the zygomatic arches, the posterior part of the cranium, and the left cheek teeth; incisors broken off at alveoli.). Its type locality is Skull Spring, which is in a Barstovian terrestrial volcaniclastic in the Butte Creek Formation of Oregon.

Ecology: scansorial granivore-frugivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (3: Oregon collections)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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