This is a copy of my answer to your post on my talk page:
Hi Ouedbirdwatcher, Nice to meet you. To be honest, I don't think anyone knows for certain what the exact ranges of any species was thousands of years ago, other than by implication, i.e. finding the shells used in large numbers archeologically. However, I am certain that the modern ranges for Murex brandaris and M. trunculus are sort of reasonably well known. I don't have references at home here for Mediterranean species, although I can try to ask a friend of mine who has a couple of books on the Mediterranean fauna and see if the books give ranges. However, if the books do give a range they may simply indicate where a species is found in a very general sense such as maybe "the Mediterranean Sea". You see, hardly any species in the world have actual dot maps of their distribution so that you can say, "Yes this species occurs right now in such and such a locality". It would be a huge amount of research to go through a lot of papers and a lot of museum material and work out actual places where the species as been found. Sorry I can't be any more helpful on this question. Oh and welcome to Wikipedia! I only started this July, so I am a newbie too! Enjoy! Invertzoo 23:03, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
More info on Tyrian purple snails
OK, a very good friend of mine gave me the following info. Just to explain... Bolinus brandaris is the more modern name for Murex brandaris, and Phyllonotus trunculus is the modern name for Murex trunculus]].
The range for Bolinus brandaris (Linnaeus, 1758) is "Central and western Mediterranean" (p. 29), and for Phyllonotus trunculus (Linnaeus, 1758) it is "The Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa (Spain and Portugal, Morocco, and the Canary Islands)" (p. 93).
Radwin, G. E. and A. D'Attilio, 1986. Murex shells of the world. An illustrated guide to the Muricidae. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, x + pp. 1-284 incl 192 figs. + 32 pls.
best to you, Invertzoo 22:23, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
- Thanks for the great insights. I have attempted to work this info into the article. I think it really helps with the expansion. Feel free to review my edits and alter as you see fit. Best regards. Ouedbirdwatcher 23:13, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
Edits of BCE
Can you please tell me why you changed BCE to BC ?
thanks --Chaosdruid (talk) 04:20, 12 February 2009 (UTC) This is the prevailing common historical usage and the usage most english speaking peoples of the world use. If you wish to discuss further, please use the article talk page, not my personal page.Ouedbirdwatcher (talk) 05:28, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
African wild dog in Ahaggar, still live!!
Hey I have ne info about wild dogs in Algeria!!!!There some natives still report for attacks unidentified canines, similar to lycaon (Farid Belbachir, pers.comm.).Camera trapping should confirm existence of its mysterious canines in this range.
He collection as much information as possible about lycaon reported sightings in Ahaggar and Tassili and future camera trapping in these locations might disclose what we are looking for one day. Next round of camera trapping due 2010 summer will capture "something" and that Amel's genetic analysis of all the carnivores' scats that will be collected will yield some interesting results.(Farid Belbachir, pers.comm.)
- thanks for the insight. i have merged the two articles now. Ouedbirdwatcher (talk) 05:09, 23 April 2009 (UTC)