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Bushy-tailed mongoose

Bushy-tailed Mongoose
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Subfamily: Herpestinae
Genus: Bdeogale
Species: B. crassicauda
Binomial name
Bdeogale crassicauda
Peters, 1852
Bushy-tailed mongoose range
(green - extant, pink - probably extant)

The bushy-tailed mongoose (Bdeogale crassicauda) is a mammal in the family Herpestidae found in central Africa, from southern Kenya to central Mozambique.

It is 40–50 cm (16–20 in) long, weighs 0.9–1.6 kg (2.0–3.5 lb), and feeds on small birds and eggs.

Subspecies

  • B. c. crassicauda, central Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia
  • B. c. nigrescens, Central Kenya (Nairobi)
  • B. c. omnivora, found in northern coastal Tanzania and Kenya, is classified by the IUCN as endangered (as B. omnivora)
  • B. c. puisa, northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania
  • B. c. tenuis, found in Zanzibar, is classified as Lower Risk/least concern.

References

  • Bushy-tailed mongoose , Tanzanian Mammal Atlas Project
  • Bdeogale c. nigrescens description
  1. ^ Hoffmann, M. (2008). Bdeogale crassicauda. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern

External links

  • Bushy-tailed Mongoose, Lion Crusher


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