Archive for January 2016

Global Mammal Checklist Jan 2016 Update

January 30, 2016

I’ve updated the global mammal checklist on, something I promised to do every 6 months.  This latest update includes recent changes made by the IUCN, and I have also updated the Australian mammals to bring them into line with a new taxonomy produced last year following Jackon & Groves Taxonomy of Australian Mammals, 2015  (something the IUCN RedList has yet to pick up but I imagine will do before too long). Thanks also to Paul Carter for sending me a long list of corrections, common names and more.

As a reminder, the master list is very similar to the IUCN’s RedList though there are some ad hoc divergences (including listing domesticated species which exist in feral populations). A second worksheet within this XLS workbook, lists all divergences from the IUCN Redlist.

The third worksheet keeps track of all changes made over time (if you are already using an earlier version of this list this should be helpful to update your lifelist).

For more information read this or post questions and comments



White-winged Bat in Rwanada

January 26, 2016

This bat was flying over the Masaka wetland (Kigali, Rwanda) at dusk. It had strikingly white wings – I’ve never seen a bat like it. I have very few African bat resources available to me, but see that there is a species on the Rwandan bat list called White-winged Serotine (and a Google image search shows a similarly patterned animal).  If anyone has any thoughts on the topic, I would love to hear them.

Sorry for the poor quality of the image — it was getting dark and the bat was moving quickly)

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Thailand rfi juni-july 2016

January 25, 2016

Hi all,

I planning a trip to Thailand for three weeks in late june – early july 2016. So far I haven’t made up an itinerary yet but did read everything that was written here about the country. Fantastic information, thanks you for that, this rfi is therefore mainly to  hear any recent information or second thoughts about the species and parks.

Our to see list  is unsurprisingly long (main ‘reasonably realistic’ targets underlined):
White-handed Gibbon, Pileated Gibbon, Stump-tailed Macaque, Banded Langur, Phayre’s Langur, Slow Loris
Binturong, Large – and Small Indian Civet
Smooth-coated Otter, Yellow-throated Marten 
Gaur, Goral,
And superb outsiders like Serows, Hog Badger, Dhole, Asiatic Black Bear and cats (duh)

Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan will most likely be visited. Together with the whale watching for Bryde’s Whale and the odd Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Klong Saeng wildlife sanctuary in Khao Sok sounds great but I am still unsure whether this only holds for Klong Yar Wildlife Research Substation or other accomodations are also good mammalwise.

Not even mentioning the different wildlife sanctuaries there are plenty of sites to check out: Pang Sida (Gaur, quite diverse according to Jon’s notes), Doi Lang (badger and serow by birders) Doi Ithanon (goral, phayre’s langur,), Mae Wong (Binturong, Slow Loris etc), Kui Buri (gaur), Krung Ching (some birders saw Binturong) and Sri Phang Nga (sounds quite diverse but not crowded, maybe nice for spotlighting walks).

  1. Please contact us when you are visiting at the same time and are interested in sharing a guide at some sites.
  2. Any hopefull news about spotlighting regulations in parks is highly appreciated

Thank you for any replies.

Maurice Tijm (

Indian bat ID

January 25, 2016

Hi all

Anyone any good on Indian bats? There seems to be a paucity of literature on the subject, but I was hoping for some input on the below two species photographed by Will Soar on our recent trip.

No. 1:

Body length estimated to be 8-9cm; these were photgraphed emerging from a roost in one of the bungalows in Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar, but we also had good binocular views of what I’m sure is the same species at Sasan Gir, where they were alighting briefly on a tree trunk to glean ants. At both sites they were out relatively early in the evening, flying circuits with fast wingbeats but slow progress and occasional glides. This matches the flight action described for Dormer’s Bat (aka Dormer’s Pipistrelle) Scotozous dormeri in Menon’s mammals field guide; I also believe the size and coloration are good for that species. However, I can’t find any images to back up my identification, any ideas on how to be sure?

No. 2:

I have even less of a a clue about this handsome individual from Gir NP. I put the bosy length at ~10cm, maybe a little more; some of the other saw it fly into the tree and thought it looked quite substantial and long-winged.  A house bat sp. has been suggested, but I’m not sure (quite happy to be wrong though!). I think the dorsal fur is too long and orangey; I got a brief look at it’s face before it hunkered down (no pics sadly) and the muzzle was narrower than I’d expect for a Scotophilus. The contrast between the fingers and the membranes seems interesting, but it may not be possible to put a name to it.

Any thoughts gratefully received!







Visiting the Golden Lion Tamarins

January 24, 2016

Hi all.  I am making a trip to the Pantanal next September. In the process of planning that trip I thought about staying in Rio and going make a trip to see the GLT.  However, I had a hard time getting reliable information on how to do this.  I contacted the ‘Save the Golden Lion Tamarin’ organization here in the US.  I just heard back from them with some visitor information.  Sounds like they have now set up formal way to make this visit.  Too bad this information came long after my plans were finalized and I can’t change them now.  But, I thought I would pass along the attached in case anyone else was interested.  Hopefully, this pdf attachment comes through OK in this post.




Chipmunk IDs (Northwest CA)

January 21, 2016

A friend of mine in NW California sent the three Chipmunk photos below my way for identification. My guess is that the first animal (first two photos) is T. amoenus and the second animal T. siskiyou. Please let me know if these are accurate IDs. Both were taken in early-mid June.


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My guess on this first one is T. amoenus. It was taken in White Fir forest on the ridge near Grouse Mountain at about 5,000 ft. I have never seen T. amoenus here, only further South on Blake Mountain in drier Red Fir Forest with a Pinemat Manzanita understory, at about 5,600 ft elevation; I haven’t spent that much time exploring this particular area however.


I’m pretty sure this guy is T. siskiyou. It was taken at close to sea level at a bird feeder on the edge of Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, close to the coast in Del Norte County just E of Crescent City. Habitat was Grand Fir forest with major Alder and Coast Redwood components with a little bit of Sitka Spruce too.



RFI: Blanford’s Fox in Israel

January 16, 2016

Hi all,

Next month I will be making a short visit to Israel in search of some mammals. I would particularly like to look for Blanford’s Fox although finding a suitable area to search for them is proving difficult. While a good population can be found in Ein Gedi, I understand this reserve closes at night (as do all other reserves in Israel). Furthermore, the town of Karmiel (mentioned as a good place to look on the main mammal watching Israel page) is well out of range for the species according to all the range maps I’ve seen.

I should add that all the Israeli guides I’ve spoken to (albeit bird guides) seen to think I have zero chance of seeing this elusive mammal.

If anyone knows of an area where Blanford’s Fox is known to occur that I could access at night (and preferably drive around without arousing too much suspicion) then I would be very interested to know about it. Any other tips on seeing Blanford’s Fox would be greatly appreciated.


Mike Richardson