Contribution to the Taxonomical and Biological Characteristics of Sciurus anomalus in Turkey (Mammalia: Rodentia)


Abstract: This study is based on 62 Sciurus anomalus specimens obtained from Konya, Karaman, Kütahya and Çorum provinces between 1997 and 2002. Some ecological and biological features of the species, including habitat, nest-sites, fur colour, baculum and phallus were investigated. In this species, the chromosome number (2n) is 40. For the taxonomical evaluation of Sciurus anomalus, morphometric data of the specimens were used. The specimens were discussed at the subspecies level, comparing to the relevant literature, and it was concluded that our specimens represent the nominate form.

Keywords: Sciurus anomalus, taxonomy, biology, Turkey

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