Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose

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Broad-striped Malagasy Mongoose[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Eupleridae
Subfamily: Galidiinae
Genus: Galidictis
Species: G. fasciata
Binomial name
Galidictis fasciata
(Gmelin, 1788)
Galidictis fasciata range map.svg
Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose range

The broad-striped Malagasy mongoose (Galidictis fasciata) is a species of mongoose. It is a forest-dweller native to eastern Madagascar. The specific epithet fasciata means ‘banded’ in Latin. Its local common name is vontsira fotsy, ‘white vontsira’ in Malagasy.[3]

The species contains two known subspecies: G. f. striata and G. f. fasciata. Their main distinguishing factors are their stripes and their tails; the former has a thinner, white tail and 5 stripes, while the latter has a fuller, reddish-brown tail and 8-10 stripes. The mongoose primary prey on small rodents. This species is most active in the evening and at night.

External links[edit]

  • Lioncrusher's Domain: Animal Information Pages [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 561. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Hawkins, A.F.A. (2008). Galidictis fasciata. 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 near threatened
  3. ^ Blench, Roger and Martin Walsh, Faunal names in Malagasy: their etymologies and implications for the prehistory of the East African coast (2009)