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    samsar commented on "Procavia capensis (Pallas, 1766)":

    A query: having read the EOL entry on Procavia capensis, with reference to its range ( text and maps ), I would like to determine whether the species is found in Tunisia. I am reasonably certain that, while on a month long travel around Tunisia, I observed rock hyraxes ("dassies" in my native South Africa ) on several occasions in rocky hill-terrain in the northern and central regions, very similar to the koppies of South Africa. Unfortunately, I did not note the precise locations, as I soon took the presence of the animal to be a commonplace. Admittedly, I was at first curious to notice what seemed like a smaller, lighter/sandier version of the dassie, and wondered whether I had perhaps not seen some kind of marmot or ground squirrel. I was using binoculars ( 8x40 ), and was often at leisure within 100 metres of them. The behaviour was also typical - pairs and small groups moving adeptly about on steep rock, and rapidly resorting to the shelter of crevices and overhangs in apparent alarm. I would appreciate it if anyone could enlighten me on this point, as I have found no reference to the hyrax in Tunisia on other English language websites.

    2 months ago