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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Let me try - haven't looked to see whether I agree with the others, so may do all the work for nothing. And with those who've already answered that is probably exactly what I'm doing.

Not quite sure what you mean by "South Africa Galago", as there are three bushbabies in the Southern Africa subregion, though only two in South Africa:
a) Thick-tailed bushbaby (Large-eared greater Galago) - Otolemur crassicaudatus
b) Lesser bushbaby (Lesser Galago, Mohol Galago) - Galago moholi
c) Grant's Lesser bushbaby - Galagoides granti - doesn't occur naturally in South Africa

The photo looks like b), so I'll try and answer according to that:

1. False - huddled together, or in different poses.

2. True

3. False - all hours of the night, but especially early and late.

4. False - they have a repertoire of at least 25 calls.

5. True

6. False - Never seen that. They cluck and chatter.

7. False - shine red, and not very bright at that.

8. False - All of them urine-wash and scent marks - which is one reason why many mothers don't like their children having them as pets, especially not when they roam freely around the house! :roll:

9. False - I guess.

10. False - not only in January, but can also have a litter earlier, in October-November.

Most of the above from Apps' Wild Ways, but some also from Smithers and Chris & Tilde Stuart. And some is pure SWAG.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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bishop3006 wrote:
Not quite sure what you mean by "South Africa Galago"


I meant South African Galago, family Galagonidae, Species : Galago moholi
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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Yes we have a winner. She even got the book right (The mammals of the Souther African Sub Region. By John D. Skinner, Christian T. Chimimba) :D :D

MD Congratulations Image Image Image


1. False They sleep curled up on their side with the tail over head.

2. True

3. False They are particularly active in the first two or three hours after emergence from their resting place, are less active in the hours around midnight, and are active again before sunrise, after which they return to rest.

4. False Andersson (1969) recorded 25 different vocalisations in the species of which 10 or 11 were discrete basic sounds. Faint grunts are emitted when eating, clicks and crackles are elicited by unfamiliar objects and a low moan serves as a warning.

5. False Naso-nasal contact is common between unacquainted individuals.

6. True

7. False The eyes shine very brightly with a reddish glow if they are caught in the beam of a light at night.

8. False Urine-washing is performed by both sexes.

9. True

10. Females give birth in October and early November and again in late January to early February with a much higher proportion of births in the second season.


Thank you all for playing. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: I didn't know a lot about these critters, so I had great fun and learned a lot with these questions.

MD, you are IT :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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HF - Thanks for a great question. Enjoyed reading up on them - great book as well :D

Will get back with a question a bit later.....

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Well done MD :dance: :dance: :dance:
And great question (yet again!) Hippo-Fan, really interesting!! :clap: :clap:

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Here goes - hope you enjoy and its not toooo easy....

1. The main reason mature male buffalo have horns is for defense.

2. Both male and female buffalo have what is known as sclerotised keratin on the boss.

3. Buffalo belong to the order ruminantia

4. The buffalo’s ears are situated behind the horns.

5. The African buffalo is unique in having no lower canines but 8 lower incisors.

6.The buffalo’s front hooves are distinctly smaller than the back hooves

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1. False
Mature male buffalo will use their horns as weapons when challenging each other for mating opportunities and is the main reason they have horns, with defence a secondary function.
2. False
Both male and female buffalo have horns, but it is only the males that develop the heavy shield or protuberance across the forehead where the horns meet. This shield, known as a “boss”, is a keratin sheath covering the actual bone of the horn.
3. True
4. True
5. True
6. False
The front hooves are larger than the hind ones, to cope with the extra weight in their huge head and neck.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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HF - Looks like there are no more takers. So over to you

You got 5 out of 6 - welldone - do you want to go for 6/6?

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I'm so sorry MD!! :redface: I don't know how I missed your great questions! :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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1. F - they are used in male displays and as a weapon
2. F - the boss is only present in males
3. T
4. T
5. F - they do in fact have incisor-esque lower canines.
6. F - due to the disproportionate head mass, the front hooves are larger.

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1.The main reason mature male buffalo have horns is for defense.
False –
Mature males use their horns to good effect when challenging each other for mating opportunities. As with all horned mammals this is the main reason for males possessing horns with defense being a secondary function.


2.Both male and female buffalo have what is known as sclerotised keratin on the boss
False -
Female buffalo lack the sclerotised keratin on the boss that is present in males with the horn junction often being covered in hair. Living in open habitats they need horns for defense of themselves and their offspring.

3.Buffalo belong to the order ruminantia
True – buffalo chew the cud

4.The buffalo’s ears are situated behind the horns.
False - the ears are situated below the horns

5he African buffalo is unique in having no lower canines but 8 lower incisors to make up for this.
True

6.The buffalo’s front hooves are distinctly smaller than the back hooves
False –

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Beat about the Bush: Mammals

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So it seems HF got the closest! :thumbs_up:

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Image Never argue with the Boss

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White tailed mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda)


1. Distribution: Image

2. The white-tailed mongoose is solitary, polygynous, nocturnal and territorial.
3. It digs its own dens from scratch
4. The white-tailed mongoose relies largely on hearing.
5. This mongoose occasionally kills and eats poisonous snakes.
6. To open an egg, it will stand on its back feet and with a downward throwing technique smashes the egg on the ground.
7. The white tailed mongoose moves much like a cat.
8. Sexual behaviour: After achieving intromission the male sometimes rolls back and sits holding the female in his lap.

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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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I am not sure where this thread will lead, but I heard that tortoise got its shell by passing through elephant’s digestive system, old SAN story, anybody wish to elaborate??

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