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Can you pick the animal whose native distribution is shown on each map?
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BBC Nature website
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The ranges shown are from data from the WWF Wildfinder database. This uses historical ranges. This does not include regions where these species have been introduced.
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Feb 3rd, 2013 at 21:10 GMT
There are no hedgehogs in the Americas? :O I had no idea!
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 22:03 GMT
"Badger" is misleading as this map shows only the Eurasian Badger's range and not that of the other loosely related species which share that name. I also just realized that I care a depressing amount about badgers.
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 22:08 GMT
Yep, that's an issue. It is the range for Meles meles, the European badger. I'll do a temporary fix by changing the name but as that's going to give away a fair amount I'll do a more substantial swap out tomorrow.
It seems the European badger is an endangered species after all...
Feb 4th, 2013 at 06:13 GMT
A stoat is commonly called a short-tailed weasel or ermine in North America. I hadn't heard of it referred to as a stoat until now.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 10:58 GMT
Well that was an easier fix - thank you emm!
Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:09 GMT
There are also red squirrels in North America, though they're a different species. Maybe use "Eurasian red squirrel" or use a different species? Also, the source's map for lion is outdated, as they are no longer in North Africa, but they're still in India. Can you also indicate where on the source the range maps are? I cannot find them.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:37 GMT
The maps are there if you type each species name into the search box, then scroll down to the maps.
The maps are taken from the WWF Wildfinder resource, they do use historical ranges. For the justification behind this see:
Feb 4th, 2013 at 13:57 GMT
Thank you RobPro :)
Feb 4th, 2013 at 15:02 GMT
Fantastic idea for a quiz. I got totally, completely smoked on it, but I have to say that I loved it!
Feb 4th, 2013 at 16:49 GMT
I was certain that the Eurasian Red Squrrel was an invasive species in North America, but it isn't (as Fergenaprido explained, they are two different species). So I learned something!
Feb 4th, 2013 at 18:17 GMT
They've got hedgehogs wrong, because there are definitely hedgehogs in New Zealand. Heaps of them, to the point where they're a pest. Or are they not counting places where they're an introduced species?
Feb 4th, 2013 at 19:17 GMT
@mooface I've seen hedgehogs in West Africa too.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 19:39 GMT
The data does exclude introduced species. There are a few examples where this paints a different picture eg rabbit free UK and Australia. The justification behind the database is on the link I posted earlier. Can't imagine hedgehogs being a pest, there is a concern about the declining numbers here in the UK. Poor little spiky fellas.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 21:30 GMT
If you're not counting places that species have been introduced, then you have to make that clear. I couldn't figure out why NZ wasn't coloured for either hedgehogs or stoats - both pests here.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 22:43 GMT
Today I've found out that the Panda territories' size is really scary, it's just a minuscule dot in the middle of China. Really worrying. Also I didn't know that lions and leopards could be found in the southern Mediterranean.
Feb 4th, 2013 at 23:14 GMT
Feb 5th, 2013 at 01:08 GMT
that little speck on china is diminishing very fast. i glad, solution to the problem is being worked on in all seriousness. we don't want to confined this extra ordinary animal just to zoos.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 07:41 GMT
Hedgehogs definitely needs some investigation - we certainly have them here in South Africa - my dogs have caught several over the years.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 09:23 GMT
Great idea for a quiz! Although some of the maps are not very accurate, sadly lions are extinct in roughly 90% of the habitat shown in the map. I realize the decription says historical range, but for lions that would include most of the middle east and India as well, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_distribution.png
Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:13 GMT
There are about 16 hedgehog species, the map above is only for the European Hedgehog. Leopards and Lions used to be found throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle-east as recently as Roman times. Lions are now pretty much confined to sub-Saharan Africa, though there is a relict population left in India. I think the closest viable Leopard populations to Europe are in Iran now.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:17 GMT
Oh and while European Hedgehogs are declining in some parts of their native range, they are still a major pest in some non-native regions. Gardeners introduced them to the Hebrides to control slugs and now they are ravaging the ground-nesting bird population there.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 12:12 GMT
thought lions lived in southern asia ?
Feb 5th, 2013 at 15:42 GMT
Great quiz idea. If you want the maps to appear bigger, try putting them in Flickr, like I did on this quiz: http://www.sporcle.com/games/rockgolf/mad_world
Feb 5th, 2013 at 19:08 GMT
Great idea, but I agree with the former comments about the specificity of species chosen. If these are to be full historical ranges, there should definitely be lions throughout northern India. Even today there is a population in Gir in northwest India, which doesn't seem to be represented on this map.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 20:43 GMT
^^ Likewise with wolves in Western Europe
Feb 13th, 2013 at 21:08 GMT
Thanks for all the feedback, there are certainly issues with the ranges of some of the species. I have included native in the title and description but agree this isn't ideal, especially as "historical range" from WWF seems a little vague. I've made a couple of swaps to try to address this. I also was super careful when I selected the species for the sequel quiz.
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