Fukomys mechowii (Rodentia: Bathyergidae).

Mammalian Species 53 (1011): 145-159. https://doi.org/10.1093/mspecies/seab014


Fukomys mechowii (Peters, 1881), the giant mole-rat or Mechow’s mole-rat, is a cooperatively breeding, tooth-digging, subterranean rodent. It is the largest representative of the genus Fukomys, which is part of the African mole-rat family Bathyergidae. It is found in mesic shrubland, savannah habitats, and agricultural lands in central Africa, its range extending through Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. Fukomys mechowii is hunted for its meat in rural areas but its population is considered to be stable. It is rarely housed in captivity and is listed as “Least Concern” (LC) on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.


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Rapid assessment for a new invasive species threat: the case of the Gambian giant pouched rat in Florida.

Wildlife Research 33: 439–448.



The Gambian giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) is a large rodent that has established a breeding population in the Florida Keys. Should it successfully disperse to mainland Florida, it could continue spreading through much of North America where significant negative ecological and agricultural consequences could result. We rapidly developed the information for implementing an efficient and successful eradication program before dispersal to the mainland occurs. This included development of monitoring and indexing methods and their application to define the animal’s range, the development of baits attractive to Gambian giant pouched rats, efficacy testing of toxicants, and development of bait-delivery devices that exclude native animals. Gambian giant pouched rats appeared confined to the western two-thirds of Grassy Key, but have dispersed across a soil-filled causeway west to Crawl Key. We identified preferred habitat characteristics and potential dispersal pathways. We developed photographic and tracking tile methods for detecting and indexing Gambian giant pouched rats, both of which work well in the face of high densities of non-target species. We identified a commercial anticoagulant bait and we developed a zinc phosphide (an acute toxicant) bait matrix that were well accepted and effective for controlling Gambian giant pouched rats. We also developed a bait station for delivering toxic bait to Gambian giant pouched rats without risk to native species. We consider that the criteria are met for a successful eradication to commence.


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Donnerstag, 12 Januar 2023 14:32

WITMER, G. W. & HALL, P. (2011)

Attempting to eradicate invasive Gambian giant pouched rats (Cricetomys gambianus) in the United States: lessons learned.

In: VEITCH, C. R., CLOUT, M. N. & Towns, D. R. (eds.). Island invasives: eradication and management: 131-134. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

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Gambian giant pouched rats (Cricetomys gambianus) are native to Africa, but they are popular pets in the United States. They caused a monkeypox outbreak in the Midwestern United States in 2003 in which 72 people were infected. A free-ranging population became established on the 400 ha Grassy Key in the Florida Keys, apparently after a release by a pet breeder. This rodent species is known to cause extensive crop damage in Africa and if it reaches the mainland US, many impacts, especially to the agriculture industry of Florida, can be expected. An apparently successful inter-agency eradication effort has run for just over three years. We discuss the strategy that has been employed and some of the difficulties encountered, especially our inability to ensure that every animal could be put at risk, which is one of the prime pre-requisites for successful eradication. We also discuss some of the recent research with rodenticides and attractants, using captive Gambian rats, that may help with future control and eradication efforts.


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Donnerstag, 07 April 2022 13:40

SPORON, A. & METTLER, M. (2002)

Gesellige Degus.

Taschenbuch. 64 Seiten, durchgängig farbig illustriert.
Franckh Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart. ISBN-13: 9783440089491.


Alles drin - Hier lesen Sie alles über Haltung, Fütterung und Pflege Ihrer Degus. Mit ausführlicher Anleitung für die abwechslungsreiche Gestaltung des Deguheims.
Klar und übersichtlich - Mit praktischen Checklisten und Tabellen zu jedem Thema. So finden Sie alles Wissenswerte schnell und auf einen Blick. Die extra-breite Umschlagkappe zeigt die Grundausstattung für Degus auf einen Blick.
Aus erster Hand - Anna Sporon und Michael Mettler, langjährige Deguhalter und Experten auf diesem Gebiet, wissen und schreiben, was Degus zum Wohlfühlen brauchen.


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Records of the Malayan porcupine, Hystrix brachyura (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae) in Singapore.



The Malayan porcupine (Hystrix brachyura) is known to be native to Singapore, but the lack of sightings from 1970‒2000 suggested that the species was either locally rare or extinct. With the widespread use of camera traps in wildlife monitoring projects since 2005, there have been a substantial number of records involving porcupines which are compiled here. The conservation status of Hystrix brachyura in Singapore is briefly discussed.


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Dienstag, 23 November 2021 09:41

UL HASAN, M. A. & NEHA, S. A. (2019)

The Himalayan Crestless Porcupine Hystrix brachyura Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae): first authentic record from Bangladesh.

Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(12):14624-14626. DOI:10.11609/jott.4861.11.12.14624-14626.


During our social survey in Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh, the Hystrix brachyura was sighted in the Supoti Forest Camp (22.0470N & 89.8270E), Sundarbans East Zone, Bangladesh. On 22 May 2018, opportunistically an individual of porcupine was directly spotted but it was soon fled away into the shrubs and unidentified at that moment. The observation area was dominated by Acanthus ilicifolius and Phragmites karka. To substantiate the confirmation, a subsequent attempt was taken on 24 May 2018. Though several studies have revealed that various kinds of bait lured to particular species in general, or attract more of a prescribed species has been of specific focus; considering the facts, pieces of apples and potatoes were used to attract porcupine in a suitable place where a clear observation could be made. One more time, an individual attracted to bait was seen under the shrub of Phragmites karka at 19.35h. Finally, a clear visual observation as well as several photographs were taken. We recorded the geographic coordination using Garmin GPSMAP 64S.

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Samstag, 20 November 2021 08:55

VERTS, B. J. & CARRAWAY, L. N. (2001)

Tamias minimus.

Mammalian Species 653: 1–10. https://doi.org/10.2307/0.653.1 . Volltext als PDF verfügbar.


Der Artikel folgt dem üblichen Schema der Mammalian Species-Datenblätter. Es werden 20 Unterarten anerkannt. Die Gattungsbezeichnung wird diskutiert. Mit 1 s/w Foto, Strichzeichnungen von Schädel und Baculum (Penisknochen) und Verbreitungskarte.


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Sonntag, 07 November 2021 10:53

SPOTORNO, A. E. & PATTON, J. L. (2015)

Superfamily Chinchilloidea Bennett, 1833.

In: PATTON, J. L., PARDIÑAS, U. F. J. & D'ELÍA (Hrsg.) Mammals of South America. Vol. 2, Rodents: 762-782. University of Chicago Press.


The second installment in a planned three-volume series, this book provides the first substantive review of South American rodents published in over fifty years. Increases in the reach of field research and the variety of field survey methods, the introduction of bioinformatics, and the explosion of molecular-based genetic methodologies have all contributed to the revision of many phylogenetic relationships and to a doubling of the recognized diversity of South American rodents. The largest and most diverse mammalian order on Earth—and an increasingly threatened one—Rodentia is also of great ecological importance, and Rodents is both a timely and exhaustive reference on these ubiquitous creatures.

From spiny mice and guinea pigs to the oversized capybara, this book covers all native rodents of South America, the continental islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Netherlands off the Venezuelan coast. It includes identification keys and descriptions of all genera and species; comments on distribution; maps of localities; discussions of subspecies; and summaries of natural, taxonomic, and nomenclatural history. Rodents also contains a detailed list of cited literature and a separate gazetteer based on confirmed identifications from museum vouchers and the published literature.


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Dienstag, 05 Oktober 2021 14:58

FRASE, B. A. & HOFFMANN, R. S. (1980)

Marmota flaviventris (Rodentia: Sciuridae).

Mammalian Species 135:1-8; 5 Abbildungen. Veröffentlicht am 15. April 1980 von der American Society of Mammalogists.

Der Artikel folght dem üblichen Schema der Mammamlian Species-Datenblätter. Er enthält einen Bestimmungsschlüssel zu den nordamerikanischen Murmeltieren und führt 11 Unterarten auf.


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Montag, 06 September 2021 08:57

ELLIOTT, C. L. & FLINDERS, J. T. (1991)

Spermophilus columbianus.

Mammalian Species 372: 1–9. https://doi.org/10.2307/3504178. Published 12 April 1991 by The American Society of Mammalogists.

Der Artikel folgt dem üblichen Schema der Mammalian Species-Datenblätter mit folgenden Abschnitten:
Context and Content; Diagnosis; General Characters; Distribution; Form and Function; Ontogeny and Reproduction; Ecology; Behavior; Literature.


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