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13 Tamias [Quadrimaculatus] [long-eared chipmunk] Yellowstone Rock Mtn etc

Sciurus Douglassii [Douglass squirrel] A lit larger than Sciurus Hudsonius color above dull rusty & black mixed, beneath clear bright buff, black whiskers Nose to tail 8 inches Tail 5 “

Vast forests of S America [scarce] 6 species. Generally distributed over world, largest in Old World Most ab [abundant] in N Am [North America] Chief rank among rodents

2 distinct types, long faced long tailed long bodied, short, thinner tail etc & short broad skull

Smaller the farther south 14 (Sciurus fossar Peale) 12 inches to tail wh is about 15 [inches] long

(spermophilus beecheyi Rich) Length 10 in Tail not quite so long ab mixed black Yellowish brown beneath pale yelish [yellowish] brown

(Arctomys flaviventer Bach) ? [yellow-bellied marmot] Size of com woodchuck or larger, Yelish brown Yel beneath or chestnut

Bushy tailed rat. Neotoma has relatives some genus over all United States except New Eng (Neotoma occidentalis Coop) size Norway Rat, prevailing color up parts is v [very] dark brown nearly black, below bluish white)

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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