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Habitat specialisation by spotted hyena for treeless grassland


Crocuta crocuta Ngorongoro Crater 2015

Crocuta crocuta photo © AindriúH 

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Crocuta crocuta photo in the Public Domain


The spotted hyena is, worldwide, the only large carnivore specialised for treeless grassland on plains. Its current success in woodlands in national parks and game reserves is largely the artificial result of alleviation of the foraging competition with humans that has limited its habitats over evolutionary time.


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016


spottted hyena

Crocuta crocuta photo © Stig Nygaard 


Crocuta crocuta photo © Daniel Fafard





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Last modified on 08 January 2017


0 #1 Julien Peter Benney 2016-02-19 01:26
I’m surprised that the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is not viewed as a specialist for treeless grassland.

The cheetah tends to live in even drier habitats than the spooted hyena, and its great short-term speed seems more adapted to a completely open habitat.

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