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SPECIES Spermophilus (Poliocitellus) franklinii

Author:Sabine, 1822.
Citation:Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond., 13: 587.
Common Name:Franklin's Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:None specified. Restricted by Preble (1908:165) to Carlton House, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Distribution:N Great Plains; Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (Canada), south to Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana (USA).
Status:IUCN Vulnerable.
Comments:Subgenus Poliocitellus (Hall, 1981:397). Molecular sequence data (Harrison et al., 2003) group this species with Xerospermophilus, Ictidomys and Cynomys. Reviewed by Ostroff and Finck (2003, Mammalian Species No. 724).
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