Pallas’s squirrel (Callosciurus erythraeus erythrogaster) in France

by Peter Lurz

Callosciurus erythraeusCallosciurus erythraeus

Pallas’s Squirrel was introduced to Cap d’Antibes in the 1970s. The species is thought to occur at higher densities than the native red squirrel and causes damage to trees and crops in the area (Jouanin 1990, 1992). Measurements of specimens are reported as: tail: 163-193 mm, head and body length: 204-225 mm and weight: 340-360 g.


  • Jouanin, C. 1990. L’écureuil a ventre rouge d’Antibes. In: Introductions et reintroductions de mammiferes sauvages. (ed. M. Guernieau). Actes du XIV Colloque Francophone de Mammalogie de la Societe Francaise pour L’étude et la Protection des Mammiferes, Orleans 1990.
  • Jouanin, C. (1992) L’écureuil a  ventre rouge d’Antibes. In: Introductions and réintroductions des Mammiferes sauvages. Actes du XIVème colloque francophone de Mammalogie de la Société française pour l’étude et la protection des Mammifères. Orlèans/Saint Jean de Braye: 277-284.
  • Mitchel-Jones et al. (1999). The Atlas of European Mammals. Poyser Natural History, Academic Press, London.

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