Mammal Fauna of the Mahale Mountains
Mahale is a biogeographically interesting region; its fauna includes both
savanna adapted species of east or south Africa and forest adapted species of
western/central Africa or the Congo Basin.
Of particular interest among mammals are the giant squirrel (Protoxerus
stangeri), red-legged sun squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium),
brush-tailed porcupine (Aterurus sp.), Angolan black-and-white colobus
(Colobus angolensis), bushy-tailed mongoose (Bdeogale crassicauda)
and Sharpe's grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei). Some of these
sighting records represent considerable extensions of the known ranges of these
animals. The Angolan black-and-white colobus of Mt. Nkungwe is probably a new
A list of larger mammals of Mahale has already been published. Unfortunately,
systematic data of the smaller mammals such as insectivore, chiropterans and
rodents have not been collected.
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