Northern White-breasted Hedgehog Vienna locations wanted
Maybe a bit of a long shot this question, but Does anybody know a good location for Northern White-breasted Hedgehog in or near Vienna, Austria?
I’m currently travelling in Europe to find missing species in my list. Eg. saw a Desman yesterday!
I think I will arrive in Vienna around the 15th/16th of August to look for Ground Squirrel and Hamster. But the hedgegog is also new for me!
Thanks in advance,
Pieter de Groot Boersma
Supposed to be only roumanicus in Vienna, but europaeus occurs just W of the city, so you have to ID them properly. See map here: https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/Zeitschrift-Saeugetierkunde_63_0257-0265.pdf
That split faced a lot of skepticism when first proposed, but is generally accepted now. The split between roumanicus and concolor is less universally recognized, but almost certainly valid as well.
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Mattia from Italy
Not sure if the Hedgehog species in eastern Austria is europaeus or roumanicus. And not sure if this distinction has sense (Vladimir, what do you think?)…
Anyway, hedgehogs are very common near Vienna, just drive small roads during the night south of the city, towards Neusidler See. Very good the area around Illmitz and St. Andrä eastern of Neusiedler See, even for Sousliks.
In Vienna itself maybe try to walk in Prater Park at night with a torch, but be careful!