Otospermophilus beecheyi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Otospermophilus beecheyi Richardson, 1829
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:
Common Name(s):
English California Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus beecheyi (Richardson, 1829)
Taxonomic Source(s): Helgen, K.M., Cole, F.R.,Helgen, L.E. and Wilson, D.E. 2009. Generic revision in the Holarctic ground squirrel genus Spermophilus. Journal of Mammalogy 90(2): 270-305.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-11
Assessor(s): Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., & Lacher, T.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Linzey, A. & Castro-Arellano, I.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the western United States and adjoining north-western Mexico, from extreme south-central Washington and western Oregon, south-ward throughout most of California, and into north-western Baja California.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Baja California); United States (California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington)
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:In California and northern Baja California, this species is widespread and locally abundant in most habitats where found, including agricultural areas. In the central desert of Baja California and California it is rare.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in successional habitats, roadsides, farmlands, chaparral, desert, and open grassy areas.
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures specific to this species. However, there are several protected areas within its range.

Citation: Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., & Lacher, T. 2016. Otospermophilus beecheyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20481A22263743. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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