from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A notable outlying genus of Ethiopian octodont rodents, composing with Ctenodactylus the subfamily Ctenodactylinæ, having premolars present but very small, ears with a small antitragus, and a bushy tail half as long as the body. P. spekei inhabits Somaliland in eastern Africa.
  • n. [lowercase] An animal of this genus: as, Speke's pectinator.


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  • Five monotypic mammal genera are endemic to the hotspot, including the aforementioned beira and dibatag, as well as three small mammals: the Somali pygmy gerbil (Microdillus peeli), the ammodile (Ammodillus imbellis, VU) and Speke’s pectinator (Pectinator spekei).

    Biological diversity in the Horn of Africa


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