KSR Mammals

back to Species Lists

Mammals of Jokers Hill

Updated: September 14, 2020

Print friendly field version (pdf)

King Township, Regional Municipality of York
(second edition)

Tubba Babar and Peter M. Kotanen*

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 1C6
*Correspondence author. e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca

The first edition of this list was compiled by C. Sean Blaney and was published as an appendix to his M.Sc. thesis (Blaney C.S. 1999. Seed bank dynamics of native and exotic plants in open uplands of southern Ontario. University of Toronto. https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/14382/). It subsequently was formatted for the web by P.M. Kotanen and made available on the Koffler Scientific Reserve website (http://ksr.utoronto.ca/), where it was revised periodically to reflect additions and taxonomic changes. This second edition represents a major revision reflecting recent phylogenetic and nomenclatural changes and adding additional species; it will be updated periodically.

This property was donated to the University of Toronto in 1995. This list is based on observations at this site by C.S. Blaney, P.M. Kotanen, and others beginning in 1997, supplemented with observations by property manager W. Fox between 1971 and 1998. Expert assistance and was provided by M. Engstrom (Royal Ontario Museum), while M. Havelka (University of Toronto) added several new species in 2004 using live traps and a bat detector. Phylogenetic classification and scientific and English nomenclature follow the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) Mammals Diversity Database (https://mammaldiversity.org/), with minor corrections.

This list includes all wild mammals observed within the Koffler Scientific Reserve during the observation period. Of the 31 species listed, 28 are considered locally native, while three (House Mouse, Norway Rat, and European Hare) are introduced. Some listed species may have been temporarily established (European Hare) or transient (Northern River Otter). Other difficult-to-observe species (especially bats) likely occur on-site, while species currently absent but occurring regionally (Black Bear) likely historically were present. Information on any additional species (preferably with photographs) would be welcomed by the authors.

Clicking on the latin binomial of each species will bring you to GBIF occurrence records for that species.

Scientific NameCommon Name
Didelphidae(American Opossums)
           Didelphis virginiana KerrVirginia Opossum
           Glaucomys sp. (Linneaus)Flying Squirrel sp.
           Marmota monax (Linneaus)Woodchuck
           Sciurus carolinensis GmelinGray Squirrel
           Tamiasciurus hudsonicus (Zimmermann)Red Squirrel
           Tamias striatus (Linneaus)Eastern Chipmunk
           Castor canadensis KuhlAmerican Beaver
Dipodidae(Jumping Mice)
           Napaeozapus insignis (Miller)Woodland Jumping Mouse
           Zapus hudsonius (Zimmermann)Meadow Jumping Mouse
Cricetidae(New World Mice & Rats)
           Microtus pennsylvanicus (Ord)Meadow Vole
           Ondatra zibethicus (Linneaus)Muskrat
           Peromyscus leucopus (Rafinesque)White-footed Mouse
Muridae(Old World Mice & Rats)
           Mus musculus (Linneaus)House Mouse
           Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout)Norway Rat
Erethizontidae(New World Porcupines)
           Erethizon dorsatum (Linneaus)Porcupine
LAGOMORPHARabbits & Hares
           Lepus europaeus PallasEuropean Hare
           Sylvilagus floridanus (J.A. Allen)Eastern Cottontail
           Blarina brevicauda (Say)Short-tailed Shrew
           Sorex cinereus KerrMasked Shrew
           Sorex hoyi BairdPygmy Shrew
           Condylura cristata (Linneaus)Star-nosed Mole
Vespertilionidae(Vespertilionid Bats)
           Eptesicus fuscus (Beauvois)Big Brown Bat
           Myotis lucifugus (Le Conte)Little Brown Bat
           Canis latrans (Say)Coyote
           Vulpes vulpes (Linneaus)Red Fox
Mustelidae(Weasels & Otters)
           Lontra canadensis (Schreber)Northern River Otter
           Mustela erminea (Linneaus)Ermine
           Neovison vison (Schreber)Mink
           Mephitis mephitis (Schreber)Striped Skunk
           Procyon lotor (Linneaus)Raccoon
           Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann)White-tailed Deer

Comments are closed.