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A lost collection (1989–1994) of reptiles, birds and mammals of the Syrian Jazira (Syrian Arab Republic) (2016)


Basmafasal is a suburb of the town of Deir ez-Zor, located in that part of northern Syrian Mesopotamia known as the Jazira (al-Jazīrah), which lies in between the Euphrates and Khabur rivers. During the second half of the 1980s, a collection of mounted mammals, birds and reptiles was made by a local man, Abu Rabic, with the aim of representing the animal life of the region. The collection comprised many species of mammals, including several specimens of Taphozous nudiventris (naked-bellied tomb bat), Felis chaus, Lutra lutra, Hyaena hyaena, Sciurus anomalus (Persian squirrel), Hystrix indica (Indian crested porcupine), and Gazella subgutturosa marica, while birds were represented by about 200 taxa. With hundreds of exhibits, the Abu Rabic collection was representative of the biodiversity of the Jazira. It was destroyed in 1994.

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Authors & Contributors
Gill, B. J.
Merson, John
Sarkar, Sahotra
Drummond, José Augusto
Franco, José Luiz de Andrade
Lucas, A. M.
Archives of Natural History
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Records of the Auckland Museum
Editrice Bibliografica
University of California, Los Angeles
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Santa Cruz
Geological Society of America
Columbia University Press
Biological diversity; biodiversity
Natural history
Conservation of natural resources
Canestrini, Giovanni
Mello-Leitão, Cândido de
Mueller, Ferdinand, Baron von
Rothschild, Lionel Walter
Bocage, José Vicente Barbosa du
Daniel Weiman
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
20th century
17th century
Lisbon (Portugal)
Padua (Italy)
New Zealand
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Museu Bocage, Museu Nacional de História Natural
United Nations

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