I wonder if anyone out there can help me identify some mammals (mostly squirrels) I saw on a a birding trip to western Mexico in 1999. The volume of “Mammals of the Neotropics” dealing with Mexico was supposedly about to be published back then, so I thought I’d wait till that came out to ID them. However, more than 10 years later, there’s still no published guide to mammals of Mexico away from the far south east, and nothing very helpful online, so I thought I’d see whether anyone can help with any of the IDs. I’d be really grateful for any help anyone can provide on the following:
A rather large, long-tailed squirrel, more or less all grey (lacking the red belly of Red-bellied Squirrel) seen in forest at Volcan de Fuego (Colima) and at La Bajada and Cerro San Juan (both near San Blas, Nayarit) – I suspect this (and/or the one below) is Collie’s Squirrel, but I can’t find any photos of this species online.
A small, plain-looking grey squirrel in mangroves at San Blas (Nayarit).
A small, greyish ground squirrel just outside Colima city.
A grey squirrel, looking very like Eastern Gray Squirrel, in forest along the Durango Highway (Sinaloa).
A large rabbit or small hare with rather short ears in forest at Volcan de Fuego (Colima).
A rather large, very dark brown, vole-like rodent (about the size of a Brown Rat) at Lerma Marshes, just west of Mexico City.
Finally, can anyone confirm that the bats roosting in the statue of the Virgin at Microondas La Cumbre (Colima) are Mexican Freetails?
If anyone can suggest IDs for any of these, or know who I might contact who could help, I’d be really grateful.