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Dassie

Procavia capensis

1 Species ID Suggestions

emmyvandet
emmyvandet 9 years ago
Dassie
Procavia capensis


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4 Comments

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

LOL, thanks Ava T-B...indeed! Glad that it has been labeled correctly now.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Lisa, I think this isn't dassie rat (Petromus typicus) but a Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis). A case in point of why scientific names are so important, since the common name is the same for these two creatures!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

Since you know the identity of this interesting creature, how about adding the scientific name, Petromus typicus. It helps more people to see it and find it in the search engines.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Hi emmyvandet,
Since you know the identity of your organism (from your use of its common name), please go ahead and fill in the scientific name field. In this case for the "Dassie" it is Procavia capensis. This allows the spotting to be correctly entered into the Project Noah database and become a complete record, letting groups and individuals use the data and find your spotting. It also takes the spotting off the "unidentified" list. If you are interested in learning how species are named and why this is important, see Project Noah's blog entry http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/2870249... Thanks!

emmyvandet
Spotted by
emmyvandet

George Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 15, 2013
Submitted on Nov 16, 2013

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