Help needed for this little critter at Lake Manyara, Tanzania!

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    Charles Foley 2 years ago

    Hi Pieter,

    Do you remember approximately how long the body and the tail were in cm?

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      pietervogelfreak 2 years ago

      Hi Charles, thank you for your reply! It was back in 2012, so hard to guess. It seems the tail is slightly longer then the body, is that an important feature? How many species are possible in the area? vdinets (below) opted Harwood’s Gerbil.

      Cheers!

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    vdinets 2 years ago

    Looks like a gerbil to me. Gerbillus harwoodi, perhaps?

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      pietervogelfreak 2 years ago

      Hi vdinets, I haven’t thought of a gerbil, but I think you are right! The question is, how many species are possible in that area?

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    Charles Foley 2 years ago

    If its small then its likely a Gerbillus – with pusillus being the most common in the area. If it was large, then Tatera robusta is the most likely option. Either way, its a gerbil.

    Charles

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    Charles Foley 1 year ago

    The Gerbillus head and body is definitely longer than 3cm. However I won’t have my books with me until early November, so I won’t be able to give you more advice until then. I suggest you drop me an email in early November and I’ll pull out the figures for you.

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