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 entire box consultant 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 identity positive aspects, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to comparable species. A map can be supplied for every species, in actual fact displaying its present, and on occasion historic, variety. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in specific black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically actual colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize facets of mammal habit, conceal the trivialities of such positive aspects because the nose-leafs and ear constitution of many of the bat species, and illustrate the tracks and trails of the customarily encountered mammals. this is often an imperative reference paintings for an individual attracted to the flora and fauna of Egypt, from expert biologists to abandon tourists and amateurs. moreover, because it describes and illustrates each whale and dolphin species recorded in Egyptian waters, together with the purple Sea, it will likely be of certain importance to someone diving within the area. The publication is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the pains of desolate tract travel.

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Habitat: Deserts and semi-deserts, rocky wadis, and plains. Also gardens and oases. Habits: In Egypt, virtually unrecorded and little known elsewhere. Nocturnal, probably most active at dawn and dusk. Spends day in burrow excavated by itself often under dense shrubbery. Home range probably small, within 200–300m of the burrow. Diet presumably similar to Long-eared Hedgehog, but reportedly more carnivorous including insects, grubs, small vertebrates, and probably fruit, roots, etc. Food may be stored underground.

Of the six shrews, the three Crocidura shrews are African species and a fourth, Flower’s Shrew Crocidura floweri, is endemic, while the others have wide ranges over Eurasia. It is probable that these four current Crocidura shrews became isolated in northern Egypt during the climatic warming around six thousand years ago. The Hedgehogs and Moonrats—Family Erinaceidae 17 species worldwide with 2 in Egypt. Of the family Erinaceidae, only the hedgehogs, subfamily Erinaceinae, are represented in Egypt, the moonrats being confined to Southeast Asia north to China.

Male has elongated hair on the throat related to scent glands. Inter-femoral membrane much reduced and tail very short (appears tailless in flight). Range and status: Eastern Mediterranean, including southern Turkey and Cyprus, east to Iran and Pakistan. Arabia and much of Africa. In Egypt, found throughout the Nile Valley south to Aswan. Also in cities including Cairo (inc. Mohandiseen, Giza, Zamalck, and Garden City) where common. Other records from north coast near Mersa Matruh, Port Said, and Suez.

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