By Richard Hoath
A box consultant 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. each one mammal species is defined intimately, almost about id gains, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to comparable species. A map can also be supplied for every species, sincerely exhibiting its present, and often times old, variety. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in distinct black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically actual colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize elements of mammal habit, conceal 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 more often than not encountered mammals. this can be an crucial reference paintings for a person drawn to the natural world 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 crimson Sea, it will likely be of distinct importance to an individual diving within the zone. 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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Extra info for A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt
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. moths, grasshoppers, beetles, and also, reportedly, scorpions.
Sheath-tailed and Tomb Bats—Family Emballonuridae c. 50 species worldwide with 2 in Egypt. Small- to medium-sized bats. Egyptian species small, with long ears and variable tragus. Eyes more prominent than in most insectivorous bats. In the hand, the tail is diagnostic, emerging from the interfemoral membrane about two-thirds of the way down its length with the latter third free, but often not exceeding the interfemoral membrane in length. When roosting, clings to walls not hanging free. Egyptian species difficult to tell apart except in the hand where differences are obvious, otherwise habits are best distinction.
5g. Small shrew with proportionately short tail. Upper parts brown to brownish gray, underparts whitish with no sharp demarcation along flanks. Feet whitish. Head with broad snout narrowing quickly to elongated proboscis. Ears rather small but distinct, standing out from fur. Eyes typically small. Tail same color as upper parts, indistinctly paler below. 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.