A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt by Richard Hoath

By Richard Hoath

A box consultant to the Mammals of Egypt is the 1st accomplished box consultant to each mammal species recorded in modern Egypt, from gazelle to gerbil, from hyena to hyrax. every one mammal species is defined intimately, with regards to identity positive aspects, prestige, habitat, and conduct, and with comparisons to comparable species. A map is additionally supplied for every species, in actual fact exhibiting its present, and sometimes old, diversity. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in designated black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically exact colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize features of mammal habit, conceal the trivia of such good points 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 can be an critical reference paintings for someone drawn 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, will probably be of certain value to an individual diving within the quarter. The booklet is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the trials of wilderness travel.

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When this has been recorded, associated species are given. 18 Using the Guide Notes: Any useful additional information, particularly of a taxonomic nature, is given under this heading. As stated above, this guide broadly follows the taxonomy of Nowak (1999), but where there are differences these have been noted. Differences with other important works may also be noted such as the taxonomic treatment of the hyraxes in Kingdon (1997) or the Small-spotted Genet Genetta genetta in Harrison and Bates (1991).

Matruhensis as a separate species, C. whitakeri. Similar species: Other small shrews. For Flower’s Shrew and Dwarf Shrew, see those species. Much smaller than House Shrew. Much larger than Savi’s Pygmy Shrew with relatively smaller ears. HOUSE SHREW Suncus murinus (Linnaeus, 1766) Pl. 2 The Insectivores—Order Insectivora 33 House Shrew (Suncus murinus) Subspecies occurring in Egypt: tentatively 5. m. sacer. Identification: Length 155–240mm; Tail 50–85mm. A large, robust shrew with a proportionately rather short tail.

Bristles extend entire length of tail. Has a distinct musky odor. Range and status: Very wide range over much of southern Europe, west to Scilly Isles and north to northern Poland, east throughout Asia from Middle East to China, Korea to Japan. Isolated records from Arabia. In Egypt, very few records. C. s. portali recorded from South Sinai west of St. Katherine’s Monastery, and from near Suez. C. s. matruhensis is known from only a few specimens taken west of Mersa Matruh. Despite the paucity of Egyptian records, the wide range of this species elsewhere may mean that it could turn up in areas in Egypt other than those in which it has so far been recorded.

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