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A family of the order rodentia which contains 49 genera. Some of the more common genera are marmota, which includes the marmot and woodchuck; sciurus, the gray squirrel, s. Carolinensis, and the fox squirrel, s. Niger; tamias, the eastern and western chipmunk; and tamiasciurus, the red squirrel. The flying squirrels, except the scaly-tailed anomaluridae, also belong to this family.