Individual recognition in Callosciurus finlaysonii (Horsfield, 1824) (Rodentia, Sciuridae) introduced into Italy

Peter J. Mazzoglio 1 , 1 , Linda Blengio 2 , 2  and Sandro Bertolino 3 , 3
  • 1 Di.Va.P.R.A. – Entomology and Zoology, University of Turin, via L. da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco, Turin, Italy
  • 2 Di.Va.P.R.A. – Entomology and Zoology, University of Turin, via L. da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco, Turin, Italy
  • 3 Di.Va.P.R.A. – Entomology and Zoology, University of Turin, via L. da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco, Turin, Italy

Abstract

A small population of the Finlayson's squirrel introduced into Italy was studied, distinguishing the individuals according to pelage colour. The border between the dark brown and the white coloration of the frons, the white spots on the dark brown frons and the dark brown side-burns on the white genal-temporal area were characters useful for individual identification. Colour variations during the course of the squirrels' life and colour aberrations in the brood of aberrant individuals were also observed.

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Mammalia is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the inventory, analysis and interpretation of Mammalian diversity. It publishes original results on all aspects of systematics (comparative, functional and evolutionary morphology; morphometrics; phylogeny; biogeography; taxonomy and nomenclature), biology, ecology and conservation of mammals.

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