A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt by Richard Hoath

By Richard Hoath

A box advisor to the Mammals of Egypt is the 1st complete box advisor to each mammal species recorded in modern Egypt, from gazelle to gerbil, from hyena to hyrax. each one mammal species is defined intimately, almost about id positive factors, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to related species. A map can also be supplied for every species, essentially exhibiting its present, and often times ancient, diversity. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in certain black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically exact colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize elements of mammal habit, disguise the trivialities of such beneficial properties because the nose-leafs and ear constitution of a number of the bat species, and illustrate the tracks and trails of the customarily encountered mammals. this is often an fundamental reference paintings for someone attracted to the natural world of Egypt, from expert biologists to abandon tourists and amateurs. in addition, because it describes and illustrates each whale and dolphin species recorded in Egyptian waters, together with the purple Sea, it is going to be of distinct value to an individual diving within the area. The ebook is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the pains of desolate tract travel.

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Records from Red Sea at Quseir. Habitat: Wide habitat tolerance. Roosts in caves, tombs, ruins, houses, wells, etc. Not a desert species. Egyptian Slit-faced Bat Nycteris thebaica Habits: Roosts in colonies ranging from a few individuals to several hundred. Reported to fly early and feeds on insects, inc. moths, grasshoppers, beetles, and also, reportedly, scorpions. Prey carried to regular feeding points that can be told by the accumulation of inedible prey parts. Flight erratic. In Egypt, from early March males leave colonies and females form maternity roosts, though individual males remain.

Predators include Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis as one specimen recorded from the stomach of that species. Similar species: Other small shrews from which distinguished by cinnamon tinge to upper parts and sparse bristles only extending along basal half of the tail. DWARF SHREW (MUSK SHREW) Crocidura nana Dobson, 1890 Pl. 2 Dwarf Shrew (Crocidura nana) Monotypic Arabic: Zibab qazam Identification: Length 76–102mm; Tail 28–40mm. Very small, pale, longtailed shrew. Coat short and dense, upper parts grayish, tinged brown, flanks paler and pale gray below.

Gestation 36–37 days. Female enlarges end of tunnel to make a nest chamber. Elsewhere, breeding season from May to October with peak in summer. Litter size 1–5. Associated Species: The Long-eared Hedgehog has been found in the burrows of the Fat Sand Rat Psammomys obesus. Notes: Kingdon (1997) also assigns the Ethiopian Hedgehog to the genus Hemiechinus but note the differences outlined below in the description of that species. Similar species: Readily told from the Ethiopian Hedgehog by small size, the very prominent ears, and lack of ‘parting’ in frontal spines.

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