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The banded mongoose

11 November 2014

 

www.leopard.tvLike all the cats and mongooses, the banded mongoose Mungos mungo has a civet-like ancestor. It is one of two species of Mungos, the other being the Gambian mongoose Mungos gambianus from West Africa. The banded mongoose was originally described scientifically as a type of civet Viverra mungo by Gmelin in 1788 based on a specimen which may have came from the eastern part of South Africa. The new generic name Mungos was created by Geoffrey Saint Hillaire and Cuvier in 1795 when it was realized that these mongooses were not true civets.

The banded mongoose occurs widely in Africa and consequently there are at least 16 subspecies that are being recognized, with at least two and possibly three in South Africa. The common name describes the characteristic transverse black bands on the lower part... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

References:

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 462 - 465.

Wozencraft, W C 2005. Order Carnivora. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (Eds), Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographical reference, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 570 - 571.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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