Angolan kusimanse

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Angolan kusimanse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Crossarchus
Species: C. ansorgei
Binomial name
Crossarchus ansorgei
Thomas, 1910
Angolan Kusimanse area.png
Angolan kusimanse range
(green - extant, pink - probably extant)

The Angolan kusimanse (Crossarchus ansorgei), also known as Ansorge's kusimanse, is a species of small mongoose. There are two recognized subspecies: C. a. ansorgei, found in Angola; and C. a. nigricolor, found in Zaire, which do not have overlapping ranges. It prefers rainforest type habitat, and avoid regions inhabited by humans. It grows to 12-18 inches in length, with a 6-10 inch long tail, and weighs 1-3 lb. Little is known about this species of kusimanse, and there are no estimates of its wild population numbers or status. Until 1984, the species was only known from two specimens from Baringa but are now thought to be quite common in some regions. Threats are probably habitat loss and bushmeat hunting however this species is protected by Salonga National Park.

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  1. ^ Van Rompaey, H. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Crossarchus ansorgei. 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 data deficient

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