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 advisor to each mammal species recorded in modern Egypt, from gazelle to gerbil, from hyena to hyrax. every one mammal species is defined intimately, almost about id good points, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to comparable species. A map is usually supplied for every species, essentially displaying its present, and in certain cases historic, diversity. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in exact black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically actual colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize points of mammal habit, conceal the trivia of such positive aspects because the nose-leafs and ear constitution of a number of the bat species, and illustrate the tracks and trails of the in general encountered mammals. this can be an integral reference paintings for somebody attracted to the natural world 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, will probably be of particular value to somebody diving within the quarter. The booklet is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the pains of desolate tract travel.

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Litter size 1–4. One or more litter per year. Notes: See comments on family taxonomy. Similar species: For Long-eared Hedgehog, see previous species. The Shrews—Family Soricidae c. 246 species worldwide with 6 in Egypt. The shrews include some of the world’s smallest mammals and indeed worldwide none exceeds 29cm in length or 40g in weight, and most are much smaller. Shrews are characterized not only by their small size but also by their generally mouse-like appearance, the elongated, pointed snout, small eyes and ears, and soft pelage often punctuated by longer bristle hairs, especially on the tail.

Palestine and Israel and western Arabia, vagrant in Corfu. In Egypt, Delta, Wadi Natrun, Cairo and its environs (inc. Giza pyramids), Fayoum (inc. Shakshuk), and Nile Valley south to Dendera, Luxor, Aswan, and Sudanese border. 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.

Wing membrane brownish with pale outer edge to forearm. Tail does not exceed interfemoral membrane in length. Range and status: Africa south of Sahara to Botswana, north to Sudan and Egypt. East to Arabia, Pakistan, and northwestern India. In Egypt, recorded from the Delta, Wadi Natrun, Cairo and environs (inc. Abu Rawash, Saqqara, and Giza), Fayoum, south along Nile Valley to Luxor and Aswan, down to Sudanese border. Red Sea coast near Quseir. Can occur in large numbers. Habitat: Roosts in deep caverns, limestone caves, sometimes near sea, and crevices, old buildings, and ruins.

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