By Richard Hoath
A box advisor to the Mammals of Egypt is the 1st finished box consultant to each mammal species recorded in modern Egypt, from gazelle to gerbil, from hyena to hyrax. each one mammal species is defined intimately, as regards to identity positive factors, prestige, habitat, and behavior, and with comparisons to comparable species. A map can be supplied for every species, basically displaying its present, and occasionally historic, diversity. each species is meticulously illustrated the bats and sea mammals in particular black-and-white illustrations, all different species in scientifically actual colour plates. extra vignettes emphasize facets of mammal habit, disguise the trivia of such positive factors because the nose-leafs and ear constitution of some of the bat species, and illustrate the tracks and trails of the most commonly encountered mammals. this can be an necessary reference paintings for a person attracted to the flora and fauna of Egypt, from expert biologists to abandon tourists and amateurs. in addition, because it describes and illustrates each whale and dolphin species recorded in Egyptian waters, together with the pink Sea, it is going to be of certain importance to somebody diving within the quarter. The publication is compact, effortless to slide right into a daypack, and good as much as the trials of wasteland travel.
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Much larger than Savi’s Pygmy Shrew with relatively smaller ears. HOUSE SHREW Suncus murinus (Linnaeus, 1766) Pl. 2 The Insectivores—Order Insectivora 33 House Shrew (Suncus murinus) Subspecies occurring in Egypt: tentatively 5. m. sacer. Identification: Length 155–240mm; Tail 50–85mm. A large, robust shrew with a proportionately rather short tail. Coat short. Upper parts brown, hairs gray at base, underparts grayish white with indistinct demarcation. Feet white. Head large with relalively small, rounded ears that still project beyond fur.
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.
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. The absence, presence, and degree to which these occur can be important in identification. As a consequence of their small size, shrews have a very high surface area to volume ratio and must consume enormous amounts of food relative to their body size just to keep their metabolism going.