Mammals of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Texas. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mammals of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Abundance Common Name C Common; suitable habitat is available, Scientific Name should not be missed during Canines appropriate season. Coyote U Uncommon; present in moderate Canis latrans numbers (often due to low availability Common Gray Fox of suitable habitat); not seen every Urocyon cinereoargenteus visit during season. Raccoons and Relatives O Occasional; present, observed only Ringtail a few times per season; also includes Bassariscus astutus those species which do not occur year, Northern Raccoon while in some years may be Procyon lotor fairly common. Weasels and Skunks R Rare; observed only every 1 to 5 Long-tailed Weasel years; records for species at Aransas Mustela frenata are sporadic and few. American Mink Mustela vison Note American Badger Please remember that collecting is not Taxidea taxus allowed on the Refuge. If you should find Eastern Spotted Skunk an unlisted or rare species, contact the Spilogale putorius Refuge staff and provide a description. We Striped Skunk welcome any additions visitors may provide Mephitis mephitis to enhance the accuracy of these lists. Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus leuconotus Common Name Abundance Scientific Name Felines Mountain Lion Marsupials Puma concolor Virginia Opossum C Bobcat Didelphis virginiana Lynx rufus Armadillos Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus Shrews and Moles Elliot’s Short-tailed Shrew Blarina hylophaga Least Shrew Cryptotis parva Eastern Mole Scalopus aquaticus Bats Eastern Red Bat Lasiurus borealis Silver-haired Bat Lasionycteris noctivagans Brazilian Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis Big Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops macrotis C R C R R R U R Abundance Whales, Porpoises and Dolphins Pygmy Sperm Whale Kogia breviceps Dwarf Sperm Whale Kogia sima Cuvier’s Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris Pygmy Killer Whale Feresa attenuata Melon-headed Whale Peponocephala electra Risso’s Dolphin Grampus griseus Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus Clymene Dolphin Stenella clymene U U R C R R R R U R R U R R R R R R C R Common Name Scientific Name Hoofed Mammals Feral Pig Sus scrofa Collared Peccary Pecari tajacu White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus Rodents Mexican Ground Squirrel Spermophilus mexicanus Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger Attwater’s Pocket Gopher Geomys attwateri Hispid Pocket Mouse Chaetodipus hispidus Marsh Rice Rat Oryzomys palustris Fulvous Harvest Mouse Reithrodontomys fulvescens White-footed Mouse Peromyscus leucopus Deer Mouse Peromyscus maniculatus Northern Pygmy Mouse Baiomys taylori Hispid Cotton Rat Sigmodon hispidus Southern Plains Woodrat Neotoma micropus Norway Rat Rattus norvegicus Roof Rat Rattus rattus House Mouse Mus musculus Nutria Myocastor coypus Rabbits and Hares Swamp Rabbit Sylvilagus aquaticus Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus Abundance C U C R U C R O R R R C U R R R R O O C U March 2008 Reference Schmidly, David J. The Mammals of Texas, Austin, University of Texas, 2004.