ID help (anomalure and pouched rat) – Ghana
I came back around a month ago from a 18 day, mostly bird-related trip, to Ghana (with Kalu Afasi from Malimbe Tours) where we also found some cool mammals. In total 36 species seen and many highlights: Black-tailed pangolin by the side of the road in Nsuta, African forest elephant heard at Ankasa, Benin tree hyrax at Kalakpa, 2 Pel’s anomalures gliding at Bobiri, Roan, (heard) Spotted hyena and White-tailed mongoose at Mole, Geoffroy’s colobus at Boabeng Fiema and so many more…
I do have a few ID questions to ask though:
While spotlighting in Kakum National Park in Ghana today I saw and photographed at least three different large rats that are either Gambian pouched rat or Emin’s pouched rats based on distribution. I was wondering if you could tell which species it is from these pictures I got of one of them? If so, what are the identification criteria to tell them apart? (I read about a face mask present on Gambian that isn’t on Emin’s but looking at images on Google I fail to see a mask on either species…). Here’s a picture below, I have a few more if needed:
Then we also had a mysterious anomalure at Ankasa. Everything fits Pel’s (very large, very pied/bicoloured and an all-white belly) but the tail is dark when that should only be a feature of subspecies auzembergeri as far as I know (not found in Ghana). I only have this bad picture but the tail is pretty visible on it:
Thank you in advance, Mehdi.