Mammals of California's Central Coast Region


By clicking on (p/r) or (r) to the right of each entry you can view images mostly from UC Berkeley's CalPhoto Project and various other sources and/or range maps from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Systematic Biology - Vertebrate Zoology - Division of Mammals for each species listed.

Class Mammalia - mammals

Order Marsupialia - marsupials*

Family Didelphidae - opossums*

Didelphis virginiana - Virginia opossum* (common) (p/r)

Order Insectivora - insectivores

Family Soricidae - shrews

Sorex ornatus - ornate shrew (rare) (r)
Sorex trowbridgii - Trowbridge shrew (rare) (r)

Family Talpidae - moles

Scapanus latimanus - broad-footed mole (common) (r)

Order Chiroptera - bats

Family Vespertilionidae - evening bats

Myotis yumanensis - Yuma myotis (common) (r)
Myotis californicus - California myotis (common) (r)
Myotis lucifugus - little brown bat (rare) (r)
Lasionycteris noctivagans - silver-haired bat (rare in season)(r)
Lasiurus cinereus - hoary bat (common in season) (r)
Lasiurus borealis - red bat (rare in season) (r)
Eptesicus fuscus - big brown bat (common) (r)
Pipistrellus hesperus - western pipistrelle (uncommon) (r)
Antrozous pallidus - pallid bat (uncommon) (r)
Plecotus townsendii - Townsend's big-eared bat (rare) (r)

Family Molossidae -free-tailed bats

Tadarida brasiliensis - Brazilian Free-tailed Bat (common) (r)
Eumops perotis - western mastiff bat (uncommon) (r)

Order Lagomorpha - lagomorphs

Family Leporidae - rabbits and hares

Sylvilagus audubonii - desert cottontail (common) (r)
Sylvilagus bachmani - brush rabbit (aka: Lepus bachmani and Microlagus bachmani) (common) (r)
Lepus californicus - Black-tailed jackrabbit (uncommon) (r)

Order Rodentia - rodents

Family Sciuridae - squirrels

Sciurus griseus - western gray squirrel (uncommon) (r)
Sciurus niger - eastern fox squirrel *
Spermophilus beecheyi - California ground squirrel (common) (p/r)

Family Geomyidae - pocket gophers

Thomomys bottae - Botta's pocket gopher (common) (r)

Family Heteromyidae - heteromyid mice and rats

Chaetodipus californicus - California pocketmouse (?) (r)

Family Muridae - murid mice and rats

Reithrodontomys megalotis - western harvest mouse (common) (r)
Peromyscus californicus - California mouse (?) (r)
Peromyscus maniculatus - deer mouse (common) (r)
Dipodomys heermanni - Heermann's kangaroo rat (common) (p/r)
Neotoma lepida - desert woodrat (?) (r)
Neotoma fuscipes - dusky-footed woodrat (common) (r)
Microtus californicus - California vole (common) (range map not available)

Order Carnivora - carnivores

Family Canidae - canids

Canis latrans - coyote (common) (p/r)
Urocyon cinereoargenteus - gray fox (uncommon) (p/r)

Family Ursidae - bears

Ursus arctos - grizzly bear (aka: Ursus horribilis and Ursus arctos horribilis) + (r)

Ursus americanus - black bear (p/r)

Family Procyonidae - procyonids

Procyon lotor - raccoon (common) (p/r)
Bassariscus astutus - ring-tail (uncommon) (p/r)

Family Mustelidae - mustelids

Mustela frenata - long-tailed weasel (uncommon) (p/r)
Taxidea taxus - American badger (common) (p/r)

Family Mephitidae - skunks

Mephitis mephitis - striped skunk (common) (p/r)

Family Felidae - cats

Lynx rufus - bobcat (aka: Felis rufus) (common) (p/r)
Puma concolor - mountain lion, cougar, puma (aka: Felis concolor) (common) (p/r)

Order Artiodactyla - even-toed ungulates

Family Suidae - pigs

Sus scrofa - wild pig*

Family Cervidae - cervids

Odocoileus hemionus columbianus - black-tailed deer (small-sized subspecies of mule deer) (common) (p/r) note: range map shows the distribution of Odocoileus hemionus. Odocoileus hemionus ssp.columbianus is found in the coastal ranges of California.
Cervus elaphus nannodes - tule elk (uncommon) (p/r) note: range shows the distribution of Cervus elaphus.

Family Antilocapridae - pronghorns

Antilocapra americana - pronghorn + (p/r)


* - introduced species
+ - historically found in California central coast region but no longer present

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