Lutra 47(1)_Hoekstra_2004

Partial albinism in the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758) (Nederlandstalig artikel: Een geval van partieel-albinisme bij de eekhoorn (Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758))

A partially albinistic specimen of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758) was killed by a dog near Weerselo, a small village in the province of Overijssel, in the eastern part of the Netherlands. The belly, tail and feet are pure white, as well as the foot soles and hands. The base of the tail is very dark grey. In addition, a large part of the right side of the back is covered with white fur, and the left side of the pelage is divided into two parts by a small white band. The principal colour of the unaffected, normally coloured parts is blue-grey. This is the first documented observation on partial albinism in the red squirrel.