By Marco Masseti
The atlas provides the present nation of data of the earlier and current distribution of the non-flying terrestrial mammals of the Ionian and Aegean islands. It presents a distribution map for every species with broad references and an outline of all of the mammalian taxa. The booklet additionally makes a speciality of the $64000 function of humans within the redefinition of the insular ecological equilibrium, in addition to at the environmental influence of organic invasions. The examine of this fauna provides a chance for trying out a variety of diverse evolutionary theories.
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22: Northern white-breasted hedgehog, Erinaceus roumanicus Barrett-Hamilton, 1900. Photo by Maria Dimaki. verbis) for the islands of Syros, Andros, Tinos, and Naxos. During the present study, the northern white-breasted hedgehog was seen for the ﬁrst time on the islands of Lefkada, Paros, Mykonos, Patmos, and Ikaria. Erinaceus roumanicus was also recorded from Sifnos by Martin Gaethlich and Yannis Ioannidis (in verbis), from Kymolos, Syros, Aegina, and Salamina by Y. Ioannidis (in verbis), and from Bozcaada (Tenedos) and Gökçeada (Imbros) by Beytullah Özkan (in litteris).
Thus, the endemic mammalian assemblages of many of the Upper Pleistocene Mediterranean islands were oligotypic, characterised by a very low taxonomic diversity. There are also several cases, however, in which the homogeneity with the continental Late Pleistocene fauna documents the continuing land connection with the nearest landmasses, as in the case of Kos (compare with [106, 202]) which was characterised by a Pleistocene continental non-endemic fauna, showing afﬁnities with that of Asia Minor and the Near East .
Photo by Nicole Douek. Nevertheless, the survival of dwarf proboscideans in the circum-Mediterranean area up to the Late Bronze Age appears to be indirectly documented also by the artistic evidence of ancient Egypt. During the 1930s, a wall painting showing, among other animals, the ﬁgure of a small elephant was discovered in an Egyptian tomb of Thebes of the 18th Dynasty, dated around 1450 BC. It belonged to Rekh-mi-Re¯, vizier of Thutmosis III and Amenhotep II (from about 1470 to 1445 BC) (compare with ), in Thebes (Egypt) ( Fig.
Atlas of terrestrial mammals of the Ionian and Aegean islands by Marco Masseti