A review of the laelapid mites associated with terrestrial by Mašán, Peter, Fenďa, Peter

By Mašán, Peter, Fenďa, Peter

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Some of the plains, like the Ndoha, are found on tops of granite shields. 4 m or so high consist predominantly of Cynodon dactylon and Sporobolus marginatus. Other grasslands, like the Musabi plain, are found in areas of impeded drainage on black cotton soil, which, when wet, makes travel by car exceedingly difficult. 3 m high, is dominant. The Ndabaka area is an alluvial flood plain near Lake Victoria, its Themeda, Pennisetum, Setaria, Erichloa, and other grasses heavily grazed by resident wildlife.

The candelabra euphorbia (E. candalabrum) and many other succulents occur there. , to name just a few. Because of their dense shrubby vegetation and rocky retreats, kopjes are often used by the large cats to hide their newborn young. The kopjes in the plains are also one of the few spots where shade can be found, although most have been denuded by pastoralists. Confined to a narrow strip along both banks of most streams is riverine forest. The canopy ranges from 10 to 25 m in height and is often dense with trees, saplings, shrubs, creepers, and forbs growing in profusion to ground level.

But lions usually flee as soon as they perceive a person away from a car. On the dozen or so occasions when I met lions while hiking either alone or with another person, they bolted at distances of 30 or more meters. However, one lioness with cubs merely growled at my approach. My daily routine consisted of a dawn search for lions and their kills. Since all lions in a 75 sq km area may be lying under one tree, the search often took several hours. In the course of the study, these searches and other research activities required 149,000 km of travel.

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