Ratufa-bicolor, Oriental giant squirrel

Written by on November 30, 1999 in Bali Mammals with 0 Comments

Ratufa-bicolor, Oriental giant squirrel

Oriental giant squirrelsRatufa-bicolor, Oriental giant squirrelare very large squirrels from the genus Ratufa in the subfamily Ratufinae. They are found in parts of south- and southeast Asia.

There are four living species of oriental giant squirrels:

* Pale Giant Squirrel, Ratufa affinis
* Black Giant Squirrel, Ratufa bicolor
* Indian Giant Squirrel, Ratufa indica
* Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Ratufa macroura

In prehistoric times this lineage was more widespread. For example, animals very similar to Ratufa and possibly belonging into this genus – at least belonging into the Ratufinae – were part of the early Langhian (Middle Miocene, some 16-15.2 million years ago) Hambach fauna of Germany.

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