Indian brown mongoose

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Indian Brown Mongoose
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Adult from the southern Western Ghats
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Subfamily: Herpestinae
Genus: Herpestes
Species: H. fuscus
Binomial name
Herpestes fuscus
Waterhouse, 1838
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Indian brown mongoose range

The Indian brown mongoose (Herpestes fuscus) looks similar to the short-tailed mongoose from Southeast Asia and is sometimes believed to be only a subspecies of this latter. The Indian brown mongoose is found in southwest India and Sri Lanka.

Indian Brown Mongoose (Herpestes fuscus) from Western Ghats, India

Description[edit]

Indian Brown Mongoose appears large compared to the other mongoose species in southern Western Ghats. This species has a Dark brown body and its legs are noticeably in black colour. The tail length is two third of its body length and more furry than Small Indian Mangoose. A pointed ending tail and fur beneath the hind leg, help to distinguish this species from others.[2]

An old illustration of H. f. maccarthiae

Distribution[edit]

In South India it is found from 700 to 1,300 m from Virajpet in south Coorg and Ooty in the Nilgiri hills, Tiger Shola in the Palni hills, High Wavy Mountains in Madurai, Kalakad-Mundanthurai in Agasthyamalai hills, Valparai plateau in the Anamalai hills, and Peeramedu in Kerala.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muddapa, D., Choudhury, A., Wozencraft, C. & Yonzon, P. (2008). Herpestes fuscus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  2. ^ A Field Guide to Indian Mammals by Vivek Menon
  3. ^ http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/41612/0