Black-footed mongoose

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Black-footed mongoose
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Bdeogale
B. nigripes
Binomial name
Bdeogale nigripes
Pucheran, 1855
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Black-footed mongoose range

The black-footed mongoose (Bdeogale nigripes) is a mongoose species native to Central Africa, where it inhabits deep deciduous forests from eastern Nigeria to the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2008.[1] It is omnivorous and feeds on ants, termites, Orthoptera, small rodents, frogs, lizards and fruits.[2][3] It is mostly solitary and nocturnal.[4]

Results of genetic and morphological analyses indicate that the black-footed mongoose is closely related to Jackson's mongoose, which is considered conspecific.[5]


  1. ^ a b Angelici, F. M. & Do Linh San, E. (2015). "Bdeogale nigripes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T41592A45205243. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T41592A45205243.en.
  2. ^ Ray, J.; Sunquist, M. (2001). "Trophic relations in a community of African rainforest carnivores". Oecologia. 127 (3): 395–408. doi:10.1007/s004420000604.
  3. ^ Angelici, F. M. (2014). "Dietary habits of the Black-legged mongoose Bdeogale nigripes (Mammalia: Carnivora) in the rainforest of Southeastern Nigeria". Italian Journal of Zoology. 81: 544–551. doi:10.1080/11250003.2014.940005.
  4. ^ Van Rompaey, H.; Colyn, M. (2013). "Bdeogale nigripes Black-legged Mongoose". In J. Kingdon, J.; Hoffmann, M. (eds.). The Mammals of Africa. V. Carnivores, Pangolins, Equids and Rhinoceroses. London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 326–328.
  5. ^ Perez, M.; Li, B.; Tillier, A.; Cruaud, A.; Veron, G. (2006). "Systematic relationships of the bushy-tailed and black-footed mongooses (genus Bdeogale, Herpestidae, Carnivora) based on molecular, chromosomal and morphological evidence". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 44 (3): 251–259. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2006.00359.x.