Assorted news

A few news bits:
1. A review of Chiroderma bats. Compared to HBW/IUCN version, it considers vizottoi a subspecies of doriae, but splits scopaeum and gorgasi as full species.
2. How to find roosts of flat-headed myotis (Myotis planiceps).
3. Apparently, the best place to look for tufted squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis) in Borneo is Gunung Palung NP in West Kalimantan.
4. It is now possible to photograph habituated Caucasian ibex in Kabardino-Balkaria NR. Contact Buzjigit Akkiev on Facebook.
5. Where to look for long-tailed bandicoot rat (Nesokia bunnii) in Iraq. It is now extremely rare; I suspect it’s been replaced by ubiquitous N. indica.
6. Washing Sherman traps after each capture is not good for capture numbers but improves species diversity (which is what everybody here is interested in I presume).



    By Caucasian ibex do you mean West or East Caucasian Ibex (Tur)? East Caucasian Ibex has the largest distribution in the Caucasus. I saw it easily in Georgia. West Caucasian Tur reaches the western part of Georgia but is extremely rare is this country. I expected to try in Dombai (Russia) where there is a good population.


    Thanks Vladimir. This reserve is just north of Svaneti in Georgia. In Svaneti the ibex are of the Western species.

    • Vladimir Dinets

      But are there any international border crossings from Svaneti to Russia? When I was there in 1990 I had to hike over a mountain pass and accidentally dropped my backpack into a glacial crevasse 🙁 And that was before the Soviet Union fell apart. You’ll probably have to detour via Vladikavkaz and Tbilisi.

    • Vladimir Dinets

      Also, Svaneti is big, there are western ones in the W part and eastern ones in the E.


    I am aware that Western Tur are very rare in Svaneti and won’t try to see Western Tur in this area. When it is possible to travel in Russia I will go in the russian Caucasus near Dombai. I won’t return in Georgia as I have seen several times Eastern Tur near Kazbegi and it is impossible to cross the border between Georgia and Russia.

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