Range Description: Ctenodactylus gundi ranges from eastern Morocco, through Algeria and Tunisia, to western Libya. It occurs mainly on the southern slope of. Ctenodactylus gundi, the North African gundi, can be found in Southeastern Morocco, Northern Algeria, Tunisia and Libya (Macdonald, ; Walker, ). IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC). Facts about this animal. The gundi is a guinea pig -sized rodent with a head-body length of cm and a short tail of cm.

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Ctenodactylus gundi

ctenodaactylus The John Hopkins University Press. Retrieved 10 January Speke’s pectinator Pectinator spekei. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Summary [ edit ] Description Ctenodactylus gundi-left. Retrieved 20 October Lacey for her invaluable advice and support, and to J.

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The ctenodactylid family of rodents contains 5 species in 4 genera, all of which are restricted to living within rock outcrops in the desert and semidesert regions of northern Africa George It has been suggested that the group territorial nature of C.

During the field season, animals from 22 neighboring groups were studied at this Desert Site. The 17 resultant focal groups had all been studied in and contained only adult individuals.

It is found in AlgeriaLibyaMoroccoand Tunisia.

Accessed December 31, at https: The eastern population occurs in northeastern Morocco but with the main part of the population in adjacent parts of northwestern Algeriain the Oued GuirOued Zouzfana and Oued Saourawith the most southernly record from Kerzaz in Algeria. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. It is generally diurnal, but it is occasionally active for short periods after sunset. Although the life span of wild gundis is unknown, the longest an animal is known to have lived in captivity is 6 years S.


The social group structure, mating system, and dispersal patterns of Ctenodactylus gundi Rodentia: The current research also suggests that C. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. The outermost crevice used by ctenodacthlus group member delineated that group’s territorial boundary.

This argument seems logical given how harsh environmental conditions can lead to natal philopatry and group formation in marmots Armitage ; Barash Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. Many thanks to E. Dipodoidea Dipodidae Jerboas, jumping mice and birch mice Muroidea Platacanthomyidae Oriental dormice Spalacidae Zokors, bamboo rats, mole rats, blind mole rats Calomyscidae Mouse-like hamsters Nesomyidae Malagasy rats and relatives Cricetidae Hamsters and relatives Muridae House mouse and relatives.

Gundi – Wikipedia

While gundis are generally slow, they can sprint when threatened. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Common gundi Ctenodactylus gundi.

It is unclear whether male natal philopatry predominates in social groups of C. Extant species of family Ctenodactylidae gundis.

Group composition was determined for all groups that were enumerated totally and whose territory was known. Their ribcages are flexible, which helps them fit into small crevices. This lack of reproduction was most likely the result of a drought that encompassed much of northern Africa for the duration of my fieldwork. Five groups at the Desert Site were studied in both and Individuals were marked for permanent identification with Monel ear tags applied with a s applicator National Band and Tag Co.


Data from individuals captured in these groups in were compared to recapture information from to assess patterns of natal philopatry, dispersal, and group formation.

Common gundi

This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat It is known that some Arabian tribes hunt gundis for food during the twilight hours Walker, There are perhaps 4 reasons why so little is known about the natural history, behavior, and ecology of most rock-dwelling mammals: Further comparative studies are needed to confirm whether female density and patchiness of rocky habitat affect the social structure of each ctenodactylid species and its propensity to live in paired family groups or multimale, multifemale colonies Gouat a ; Ostfeld ; Travis et al.

This article is about the rodent in general.

This leads to ctenodaxtylus formation of cooperatively breeding social units Armitage ; Barash They have rounded ears; round eyes; stocky, blunt nosed bodies; short legs; short necks; and short, furry tails.