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 accomplished box advisor to each mammal species recorded in modern Egypt, from gazelle to gerbil, from hyena to hyrax. every one mammal species is defined intimately, near to id gains, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to related species. A map can also be supplied for every species, in actual fact exhibiting its present, and sometimes ancient, diversity. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in precise black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically exact colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize facets of mammal habit, hide the trivia of such beneficial properties because the nose-leafs and ear constitution of some of the bat species, and illustrate the tracks and trails of the most commonly encountered mammals. this can be an critical reference paintings for an individual attracted to the flora and fauna of Egypt, from specialist biologists to abandon tourists and amateurs. moreover, because it describes and illustrates each whale and dolphin species recorded in Egyptian waters, together with the pink Sea, it will likely be of distinctive importance to somebody diving within the area. The booklet is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the trials of barren region travel.

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Habits: Poorly known. Roosts can be large but elsewhere reported to be between 6–10 individuals. Often hangs from wall close to ground. Flies at dusk (even recorded flying by day) but also at night. Breeding probably April/May in Egypt. Generally one young. Similar species: Egyptian Sheath-tailed Bat Taphozous nudiventris, see below. EGYPTIAN SHEATH-TAILED BAT (NAKED-BELLIED TOMB BAT, NAKED-RUMPED BAT) Taphozous nudiventris Cretzschmar, 1830 Pl. 4 44 The Bats—Order Chiroptera Egyptian Sheath-tailed Bat (Taphozous nudiventris) Egyptian Sheath-tailed Bat Taphozous nudiventris Subspecies occurring in Egypt: T.

Libycus averages paler than H. a. aegyptius, with a slightly shorter tail. The underparts are white, often tinged yellow, and the legs and feet, white to whitish. Rather long-legged, especially apparent when trotting. Facial region without spines, with pale brown fur. Snout long and pointed. Ears large, rounded, whitish, and translucent. Unlike other hedgehogs, they emerge well clear of the spines. Tail short. Wide The Insectivores—Order Insectivora 25 range of vocalizations including snuffling, growling when threatened, and a catlike hissing.

Frequently a range is given, reflecting variation in size between individuals, sexes, or subspecies, and it is sometimes surprising how great this variation can be. In the larger mammals, shoulder height is also given and, in the bats, the forearm measurement is given. Where possible, the weight is given. All measurements given are from Egyptian specimens, where possible, or at least from specimens from the region and refer to the published data in Osborn and Helmy (1980), and Harrison and Bates (1991).

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