Selous' mongoose

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Selous' mongoose
Paracynictis selousi Smit.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Paracynictis
Species: P. selousi
Binomial name
Paracynictis selousi
(de Winton, 1896)
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Selous' mongoose range

Selous' mongoose /səˈlz/ (Paracynictis selousi) is a carnivore of southern Africa. It is the only member of the genus Paracynictis[2] in the mongoose family. It is tawny grey in colour. It is presumably named after British explorer and big-game hunter Frederick Selous.


This species of mongoose is found in the following countries of southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[3]


Selous' mongoose feeds on insects, lizards, frogs, birds, and small rodents. Much of its social habits are unknown.[4]


  1. ^ Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Paracynictis selousi. 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
  2. ^ Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Paracynictis". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Globaltwitcher Sweden
  4. ^ "Selous' Mongoose". Lioncrusher's Domain. 2006. [dead link]