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Tamias alpinus (alpine chipmunk)

Synonyms: Eutamias alpinus; Neotamias alpinus (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

The alpine chipmunk (Tamias alpinus) is a species of chipmunk native to the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada of California.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 7.11
EDGE Score: 2.09


Adult Weight [1]  36 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Granivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  50 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  50 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Hibernates [3]  Yes
Litter Size [4]  5
Snout to Vent Length [4]  5 inches (13 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Sierra Nevada forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Ansel Adams Wilderness Area   California, United States  
Golden Trout Wilderness Area   California, United States      
John Muir Wilderness Area   California, United States      
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve II 172261 California, United States
Yosemite National Park II 95209 California, United States

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States Yes

Prey / Diet

Prunus emarginata (Bitter cherry)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Neotoma cinerea (bushy-tailed woodrat)1


Canis latrans (Coyote)[5]
Lynx rufus (Bobcat)[5]
Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox)[5]
Vulpes velox (Swift Fox)[5]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[5]


Parasitized by 
Hoplopleura arboricola[1]
Neohaematopinus pacificus[1]

Range Map

External References

NatureServe Explorer


Attributes / relations provided by
1Tamias alpinus, Robin G. Clawson, Joseph A. Clawson, and Troy L. Best, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 461, pp. 1-6 (1994)
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0