Galerella

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Galerella[1]
Galerella sanguinea.jpg
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Galerella
Gray, 1864
Species
Galerella ranges.png
Galerella ranges

Galerella is a genus of the mongoose family (Herpestidae) native to Africa and commonly called the slender mongooses.[1]

There are four or five species in this genus, with more than 30 subspecies.

Four of the species have long been established:[1]

A recent addition is the Black mongoose, Galerella nigrata, which now is considered a separate species by many scientists, following genetic analysis. It was previously seen as a variant of Galerella sanguinea.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Galerella". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Tromp S (2007). "Introducing the black mongoose". University of Queensland.