See? You liked the title.. and who doesn’t like to help a fellow mammal watcher identify species
So here are a few species I saw in South Africa that I would like to ID before I complete the trip report.
The first mammal is a gennet seen in the first night drive in Satara. Is it the “regular”, small-spotted genet, or the “less common” large-spotted? Can you even tell from this terrible picture? It’s the only one I got of this individual:
The second one is a mouse at Marrick. Johnny called it a “big-eared gerbil-mouse”. But there’s no such species that I can find. It’s obviously not a “big-eared hopping mouse”, but is it the Gerbil Mouse (Malacothrix typica)?
Next is a bat.. This was a common bat inside the Cango Caves outside of Oudtshoorn. There may have been more species there, but this is the only I took clear pictures of. Anyone knows?
And last but not least, I didn’t think this one was identifiable by pictures, so I uploaded videos onto YouTube (I’ll delete them after the identification because they’re not really that interesting). This whale (these whales?) were seen from Cape Point, which is a part of Table Mountain National Park. Maybe someone who really knows their cetaneans can tell me from these short videos of flukes and splashings what species of whale this is.
Thanks in advance!!! I’m going to finish up the report by the end of this weekend.