Poliocitellus franklinii

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Poliocitellus franklinii


Taxonavigation: Sciuromorpha 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Ordo: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Eutheria
Cohort: Placentalia
Superordo: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Euarchontoglires
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Sciuromorpha

Familia: Sciuridae
Subfamilia: Xerinae
Tribus: Marmotini
Genus: Poliocitellus
Species: Poliocitellus franklinii


Poliocitellus franklinii (Sabine, 1822)

Type locality: None specified. Restricted by Preble (1908:165) to Carlton House, Saskatchewan, Canada.


  • Arctomys franklinii Sabine, 1822
  • Spermophilus franklini: Lesson, 1827
  • Arctomis franklini: Lesson, 1827
  • Citellus (Ictidomys) franklini: Preble, 1908


Poliocitellus franklinii was formerly placed in the large ground squirrel genus Spermophilus, in its own subgenus, Poliocitellus,[1][2] but since DNA sequencing of the cytochrome b gene has shown Spermophilus to be paraphyletic it is now placed in its own genus.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Matthew D. Herron, Todd A. Castoe, and Christopher L. Parkinson 2004. Sciurid phylogeny and the paraphyly of Holarctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 31(3): 1015–30. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2003.09.015. PMID 15120398. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard G. Harrison, Steven M. Bogdanowicz, Robert S. Hoffmann, Eric Yensen, and Paul W. Sherman September 2003. Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Ground Squirrels (Rodentia: Marmotinae). Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 10(3). 
  3. Helgen, Kristofer M.; Cole, F. Russel; Helgen, Lauren E.; and Wilson, Don E 2009. Generic Revision in the Holarctic Ground Squirrel Genus Spermophilus. Journal of Mammalogy, 90(2): 270–305. doi:10.1644/07-MAMM-A-309.1. 
  • Sabine, J. 1822. Account of the marmots of North America hitherto known, with notices and descriptions of three new species. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 13: 587.
  • Lesson, R. P. 1827. Manuel de mammalogie. Roret, Paris, France.
  • Preble, E. A. 1908. A biological investigation of the Athabaska-Mackenzie region. North American Fauna, 27: 165.
  • Ostroff, A. C. and E. J. Finck, 2003. Spermophilus franklinii. Mammalian Species, 724: 1–5.


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Franklin's Ground Squirrel
magyar: Hosszúfarkú ürge