TAXONOMY

Dendrohyearax dorsalis (Fraser, 1854), Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. Six subspecies have been described.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Tree dassie; French: Daman d’arbre; German: Baumschliefer; Spanish: Daman de árbol.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and physique size 12.5–24 in (32–60 cm); weight 3.7–9.9 lb (1.7–4.5 kg). Males and females are roughly the identical measurement. Coat is lengthy, mushy, and darkish brown; dorsal spot gentle to darkish yellow, from 1.6 to 2.9 in (40–75 mm) lengthy. One pair of inguinal mammae solely.

DISTRIBUTION

Found on Fernando Po; the West African coastal forests from Gambia to Angola; central and northeastern Congo, and northern Uganda.

HABITAT

Found in moist forests up to about 12,000 ft (3,650 m), moist savannas, and montane habitats.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and reside primarily solitary, however teams of two and three might be discovered (doubtless mom and subadult younger). Individuals preserve territories, however inhabitants densities and construction poorly identified.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Herbivorous, looking leaves, buds, twigs, fruits from forbs and timber all year-round.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

In the tree hyearax each mating and beginning peaks have a tendency to coincide with the dry season, however offspring could also be born all year long. Gestation: 220–240 days; one to two younger per feminine.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Certain African tribes hunt hyearax for food and for his or her pores and skin.


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