Urocitellus townsendii Bachman, 1839
All the species of Urocitellus were previously believed to belong to the much larger genus Spermophilus, but DNA sequencing of the cytochrome b gene showed that this group was paraphyletic to the prairie dogs and marmots,, and could therefore no longer be retained as a single genus. As a result, Urocitellus is now considered as a genus in its own right.
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- 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. Archived from the original on 2011-10-22. https://www.webcitation.org/62dP5i1JK?url=http://www.mammalsociety.org/uploads/Helgen.
- North American Mammals: Urocitellus townsendii