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Herpestidae

(Family)

Overview

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A Family in the Kingdom Animalia.

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Taxonomy

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The Family Herpestidae is a member of the Order Carnivora. Here is the complete "parentage" of Herpestidae:

The Family Herpestidae is further organized into finer groupings including:

Genera

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Atilax

The marsh mongoose or water mongoose, (Atilax paludinosus), is a medium-sized mammal but a large mongoose. Weight can range from 2 to 5.5 kg (4.4 to 12 lb), with an average range of 2.5 to 4.1 kg (5.5 to 9.0 lb). From the head to the base of the tail, these animals range from 44 to 62 cm (17 to 24 in), with the tail adding 25?36 cm (9.8?14 in). It is a member of the mongoose family and the only member of its genus. Atilax paludinosus is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with a preference for permanent freshwater habitats bordered by dense vegetation, such as marshes, reed beds, and estuary (though sightings have been recorded in hilly areas with little or no aquatic wildlife presence). The marsh mongoose is an important member of the community of animals inhabiting the , where deoxygenated water limits aquatic life to various air-breathing fish, frogs, insect larvae, snails, and mammals. [more]

Bdeogale

Bdeogale is a genus of three species of mongoose native to the rainforests of central and western Africa. They are primarily terrestrial and insectivorous. [more]

Crossarchus

Crossarchus is a genus of mongoose, commonly referred to as the kusimanse, mangue, or dwarf mongoose. [more]

Cynictis

The Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), sometimes referred to as the red meerkat, is a small mammal averaging about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it lives in open country, from semi-desert scrubland to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. [more]

Dologale

The Pousargues's mongoose (Dologale dybowskii), also known as the African tropical savannah mongoose, is the only species in the genus Dologale. [more]

Galidia

The ring-tailed mongoose (Galidia elegans) is a euplerid that lives on the island of Madagascar. There is actually much disagreement about the placement of Madagascar's carnivores including the ring-tailed mongoose, within the phylogenetic tree. Recent molecular work by Anne Yoder et al. (2003) reported in the journal "Nature" suggests that the Malagasy Carnivora evolved from a single herpestid (mongoose) ancestor.[] [more]

Galidictis

Galidictis is a genus of in the Eupleridae family. It contains the following species: [more]

Helogale

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Herpestes

Herpestes ("creeping thief") is a genus of the mongoose family, Herpestidae . [more]

Ichneumia

A Genus in the Kingdom Animalia.[1] [more]

Kichechia

Leptoplesictis

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Liberiictis

The Liberian mongoose (Liberiictis kuhni) is a mongoose that was discovered in Liberia in 1958. Little was known about the animal except what local natives related. The animals were said to live in small groups and fed on earthworms and various other insects. The exact distribution is unknown, but may extend from Sierra Leone to the Ivory Coast. Confirmed sightings are restricted to forests in Liberia and the Tai National Park in the Ivory Coast. A live specimen was exhibited at the Toronto Zoo, but civil war in Liberia has prevented further study. Due to its limited range and that it is heavily hunted, the Liberian mongoose is considered endangered. [more]

Mungos

A Genus in the Kingdom Animalia.[2] [more]

Mungotictis

The narrow-striped mongoose (Mungotictis decemlineata), also locally called boky-boky (pronounced "BOO-ky BOO-ky") in Malagasy, is a member of the family Eupleridae, subfamily Galidiinae. It inhabits the dry deciduous forests of western and southwestern Madagascar. To date, it has been found between the Tsiribihina and Mangoky rivers. [more]

Paracynictis

Selous' mongoose (Paracynictis selousi) is a carnivore of southern Africa. It is the only member of the genus Paracynictis. It is tawny grey in color. [more]

Rhynchogale

Meller's mongoose (Rhynchogale melleri) is a species of mongoose. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It belongs to the monotypic genus Rhynchogale. [more]

Salanoia

Salanoia is a genus of euplerid carnivoran with two currently described species found in Madagascar. They are mongoose-like, which is reflected in the older versions of their English names, for example brown-tailed mongoose which is now called brown-tailed vontsira. The name Salanoia is derived from one of the vernacular names for Salanoia concolor: Salano. [more]

Suricata

Suricata may stand for: [more]

At least 6 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Suricata.

More info about the Genus Suricata may be found here.

Footnotes

  1. http://www.ubio.org/browser/details.php?namebankID=105560
  2. http://www.ubio.org/browser/details.php?namebankID=105564

Sources

Last Revised: August 26, 2014
2014/08/26 02:48:18