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 Post subject: Re: What is this.........?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:00 pm 
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Hmmmmmmmmmm..... :hmz:
I think I am going to go for Pygmy Gerbil...for no reason except that it looks like a gerbil to me ( hence the gerbil bit) and it looks small to me ( hence the pygmy bit) and it is on the KTP list :whistle: Oh and it is similar in colour to other Pygmy Gerbils that I googled !!!!


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 Post subject: Re: What is this.........?
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Hi there Guys,

I will get back to you soon regarding the 'Issue' I have just been out in the bushj and for the first time in 4 nights I will be sleeping in my own 'warm' bed. I will have an answer for you tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this.........?
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Here we go.......

Based on the picture it is definitely a baby gerbil probably of the genus gerbillurus. The hairy footed gerbils. The white around the eye and white hind foot are good features of the hairy footed gerbils. There seems to be some black hair growing on the distal end of the dorsal surface of the tail which is also a feature of the gerbillurus.

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distal dorsal ???? :hmz: These gerbils have some very complicated bits to them .... :whistle:
A definite "wow" sighting Gavinw !!! :clap:


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@ Caracal :funny:

Thanks a stack for the id Jannie, Are they pretty common in the reserve or not? Never heard of them before :redface:

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A HAIRY FOOTED GERBIL BABY - how awesome is that - and a very cute name for a very cute critter :lol: Well done Gavin for getting photos of it - it really is very special :clap: :clap:

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Eish, I've had a nightmare trying to get on here today???

Thanks for the ID KG, I would never have got that one.

GavinW, forgot to mention what a great pic that is :thumbs_up:

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:hmz: and this one could be a baby Spring Hare ?

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@GavinW,

These little guys are quite common, you just need to sit still at any point where there is plenty vegetation next to the road and you will see them running around.

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Morning All,

Regarding to the previous question.

Again it’s a specimen of the Gerbillirus genus. The hairy footed gerbils. Not sure which species.

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Hi KG,

I took this photo 13 km outside TR on the Nossob road one late afternoon in September.

If you look closely you can see spider webs (made visible by the late afternoon sun and with a bit of post processing) and they are joined to trees on either side of the road.
I know its their way of snaring insects but I can't figure how they spin the strands such a distance, it must be 10m plus from one tree to another! And what about the traffic - what happens when a vehicle passes through the web strands? They are close to the road surface. Could you give me your opinion please?
Note the birds picking up insects on the road also benefitting from the web.

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I read somewhere that spider anchor the web to one side of a gap, and then let go and float (trailing the web) on the breeze?
I don't know for sure :?

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Hi there Tony T,

Dotty is right in what she has said about the spiders ' floating' from one area (tree) to another.

Clearly it was quite windy that day, spiders can feel the atmospheric pressure changing especially when winds are busy coming up. They will climb onto a grass stalk or even a tree. Then they will release a long strand of web (which will act as a parachute and not as a snaring wed) the released web will catch the wind and when the spider feels that it would be able to float for a distance it releases its grip and the let the wind take it to wherever it stops blowing.
Spiders have been known to float like this on very high altitudes and they have no control over where they will land. It’s just nature’s way of distribution of a specie :wink:


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@KG - truly fascinating and thanks for your reply. Jannie its amazing how these threads stand up to cars continually passing through them. :o

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Tony,

It is amazing, when we do walks on a relative windy day you see all these webs actually 'flying' and it sure is a good point to talk about. The most amazing spider still for me which is very common in Kruger is the Golden orb web spider, I’m absolutely amazed every time i see their webs and how strong it is and not to even mention the construction of it.

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