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Caucasian squirrel (Sciurus anomalus)

Observed: 14th May 2012 By: AdamfromCanadaAdamfromCanada’s reputation in MammalsAdamfromCanada’s reputation in Mammals
Turkish Squirrel
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Found at the ruins of Troy, I'm not sure what species this squirrel is.

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Caucasian squirrel

Welcome to iSpot.

It looks a lot like a red squirrel but note the very dark patch of fur on the hind quarters, that will have continued up and over the back. This is a Caucasian squirrel (Sciurus anomalus). Turkey is their main stronghold though they are also found in Iran and into Georgia; I think there are a few in Greece as well though I'm not sure of their status there.

The clincher is Eurasian red squirrels are not found in the area around Troy.

They are very attractive but would they have launched a thousand ships? More like chewed their way through them!

Stick up an identification and I'll agree to it.

Graham Banwell

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the naturalist man's picture

Squirrel

I suspect you have an old Colins guide, or they have not updated names. Persian squirrel is a rather outdated name for this it is now more usually called the Caucasian squirrel - but what is in a name? It'll probably be something else next week!

The name change is probably because Persia no longer exists and, though it is still found in Iran, Turkey is its stronghold - they also probably took offence to their squirrel being referred to as Persian for political reasons!

Graham Banwell

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