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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:48 pm 
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is this a reedbuck?

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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:51 pm 
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with regard to the discussion before: this is not an albino buffalo then, correct?!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:41 pm 
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This picture was taken last year in Zambia. I was asked to ID it, but am not 100% sure yet. Any ideas? I'll disclose my ideas later, but don't want to bias here up front.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:08 pm 
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This looks like Meller's Mongoose (Rhynchogale melleri) to me. Although you say that the pic was taken in Zambia, they do occur in Kruger but are rather rare. It is an exclusively nocturnal animal and up till date very little is known about this species.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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I'm confident it is not Selous's Mongoose. The tail of the specimen on the photo ends in black. The last third of the Selous's Mongoose's tail is white.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:10 pm 
Ok, found my book!

Field guide to Kruger mammals - U de V Pienaar et al!

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Meller's

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White-tailed

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Selous'

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And the clincher: Large grey mongoose..

Not bad macro flash pics for this time of night, if I say so myself! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:46 pm 
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Thanks Richprins!
Based on the longer and more fluffy black end of the tail, and on the not distinctive dark legs I vote Mellers'.
The Large Grey in your picture has very distinctive dark legs which would've stand out in the picture (although I don't know how big the variation is). And although the tip of the tail of the Large Grey is black, it's only the tip and the it's looks like a very narrow tip. Not fluffy like in the picture I posted or possibly in the picture of the Mellers' you posted.
Also the black starts much higher up in the tail in the picture of the Mellers' you posted, more or less like in the picture of the one I posted.

I've learned a lot about these secretive creaturs! Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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gotcha ;-)

here's another ID wanted

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tree squirrel or yellow mongoose?

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Tree squirrel :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Grysie or Steenbok?
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Herewith Grysbokkie .

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 Post subject: Re: Grysie or Steenbok?
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Sharpes Grysbok can only be confused with the Cape Grysbok, this is where the Sharpes false hooves above the fetlock, come in as an easy distinguishing feature. However their seperate ranges seperate any potential confusion too.
There are no Cape Grysbok in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Can anybody ID these misbehaving little critters for me please...seen in The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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To me it looks like elephant-shrew.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Does anyone know what sort of critter makes these mounds? Seen at Kirstenbosch in October 2008.

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Might is be some sort of mole rat?


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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okie wrote:
Imberbe wrote:
Yes. It would be either the Cape Dune Mole-rat, the Cape Mole-rat or the Common Mole-rat.

As far as I know , the Cape Dune mole-rat , and the Cape Mole-rat , is one and the same . These mole-rats are huge , much much bigger than the common Mole-rat - and their sand-hills can fill a wheelbarrow . Sometimes they come out of their burrow at night , and many a time have seen one come trotting past me whilst fishing on the beach at night . I must say , suddenly seeing such a " cat-sized " creature running up to you in the dark can be quite scary :big_eyes: :lol:

I'm pretty sure that the Cape molerat and the Cape dune molerat are NOT the same. Last March I met molerat researchers from the U of Pretoria (they were staying at the farm in Darling where I stay) and they were studying both.


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