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Aquatic Genet
2007-08-14 13:44:36

The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora), is a carnivorous mammal from northeastern Zaire. They are related to civets and linsangs. Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behavior in the wild. Unlike other genets which have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-colored coat, and a black...

Kirks Dik-dik
2007-08-14 13:27:21

The Kirk's Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii), is a small antelope found in eastern and southwestern Africa. It grows to 28 inches in length and weighs up to 15 pounds when full grown. It has a reddish-brown head and a tail that is 14-22 inches long. It has a soft, grizzled gray to brown coat. It has hooves with rubbery bottoms, which are effective when traveling over rocky terrain. Newborns are hidden...

Yellow-backed Duiker
2007-07-16 16:47:42

The Yellow-backed Duiker (Cephalophus silvicultor), is an antelope found in central and western Africa. Yellow-backed Duikers grow to 4.8 feet in length and 30 inches high at the shoulder. They weigh around 130 pounds. Their coat is dark brown to black, with a yellow stripe above their hindquarters. They live in dense and open rainforest, where they eat seeds, fruits, grasses, fungi, and...

Maxwells Duiker
2007-07-16 16:46:46

Maxwell's Duiker (Cephalophus maxwellii), is a small antelope found in western Africa. Maxwell's Duikers live in lowland rainforest, where they eat herbs, fruits and shrubs. They grow to 30 inches in length with a typical shoulder height of 14.5"“16 inches and weigh around 11 pounds. Its coat is either grey-brown or grey, with a white underbelly and white markings on its face. However, there...

African Pouched Rat Emins Rat
2007-06-25 09:47:57

The African Pouched Rat, Cricetomys emini, also known as Emin's Rat, is a large rodent in the muroid super family. It is related to the Gambian Pouched Rat. They are native to Africa and are found along the edges of forests and along the plains. Emin's rats are actually better climbers than their better known Gambian pouch rat cousins. These pouched rats are named for having cheek pouches much...

Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew
2007-06-25 08:19:07

The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew, Rhynchocyon chrysopygus, is a species of elephant shrew native to Africa and only found in the coastal Arabuko Sokoke National Park located north of Mombassa in Kenya. It lives on the forest floor mainly around evergreens. It is the largest member of the shrew family. This shrew is named for the conspicuous golden fur on its hindquarters which contrasts...

2007-04-19 10:22:46

The Sicklefish are perciform fishes of the genus Drepane, the only genus in the family Drepaneidae. They are found in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, and in the eastern Atlantic near Africa. (The name "Drepanidae" has been used in the past, but a family of hook-tip moths has priority.)

2007-03-30 00:30:03

Sarotherodon is a large genus of tilapiine cichlid fishes endemic to Africa inhabiting fresh, brackish, and salt water. The genus currently contains 19 species and subspecies. Members of this genus, as well as those of the genera Tilapia and Oreochromis, share the common name "tilapia". The type species of this genus is Sarotherodon melanotheron, an estuarine species from West Africa.

Ball Python
2007-03-19 15:51:55

The Ball Python, Python regius, also known as the Royal Python, is a ground dwelling, non-venomous snake native to the savannahs and rain forests in western Africa. The snake is mainly found in the countries of Ghana, Togo and Benin. The name Ball derives from its tendency to curl up in a tight "ball" when stressed or frightened. The Ball Python is mostly light brown-green and black in...

Striated frogfish
2007-02-21 16:09:08

The striated frogfish, Antennarius striatus, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, found in all subtropical oceans, to depths of between 32.81 and 688.98 ft (10 and 210 m). Its length is up to 9.84 in (25 cm). The striated frogfish inhabits rocky and coral reefs, on rocks, sand or rubble, and is also found in weedy estuaries along the east coast of southern Africa. In the Atlantic, it...

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