Mexican gray squirrel

Sciurus aureogaster

The Mexican gray squirrel is a tree squirrel in the genus ''Sciurus'' native to Guatemala and eastern and southern Mexico. It has been introduced to the Florida Keys.

The alternate name of this squirrel should not be confused with the Indonesian red-bellied squirrel or the Asian red-bellied tree squirrel .


"Sciurus aureogaster" most often chooses West Indies mahogany trees to build nests. However, since the introduction of the species to Florida in the late 1930s, S. aureogaster’s nesting locations have become more eradicate, nesting in varying species of trees and even choosing to nest in hurricane debris.


The two subspecies each have many synonyms associated with them:
* The subspecies ''S. a. aureogaster'' was also known as ''S. a. chrysogaster'', ''S. a. ferruginiventris'', ''S. a. hypopyrrhus'', ''S. a. hypoxanthus'', ''S. a. leucogaster'', ''S. a. maurus'', ''S. a. morio'', ''S. a. mustelinus'', ''S. a. raviventer'' and ''S. a. rufiventris''.
* The subspecies ''S. a. nigrescens'' was also known as ''S. a. affinis'', ''S. a. albipes'', ''S. a. cervicalis'', ''S. a. chiapensis'', ''S. a. cocos'', ''S. a. colimensis'', ''S. a. effugius'', ''S. a. frumentor'', ''S. a. griseoflavus'', ''S. a. hernandezi'', ''S. a. hirtus'', ''S. a. leucops'', ''S. a. littoralis'', ''S. a. nelsoni'', ''S. a. nemoralis'', ''S. a. perigrinator'', ''S. a. poliopus'', ''S. a. quercinus'', ''S. a. rufipes'', ''S. a. senex'', ''S. a. socialis'', ''S. a. tepicanus'', ''S. a. varius'' and ''S. a. wagneri''.
Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusSciurus
SpeciesS. aureogaster
Photographed in
Mexico