Nasuella meridensis

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Eastern Mountain Coati
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N. meridensis
Binomial name
Nasuella meridensis
(Thomas, 1901)

The eastern mountain coati or eastern dwarf coati (Nasuella meridensis) is a small procyonid found in cloud forest and páramo at altitudes of 2,000–4,000 metres (6,600–13,100 ft) in the Andes of western Venezuela.[2] Until 2009, it was usually included as a subspecies of the western mountain coati, but the eastern mountain coati is overall smaller, somewhat shorter-tailed on average, has markedly smaller teeth, a paler olive-brown pelage, and usually a dark mid-dorsal stripe on the back (versus more rufescent or blackish, and usually without a dark mid-dorsal stripe in the western mountain coati).[2] When the two were combined, they were rated as Data Deficient by the IUCN, but following the split the eastern mountain coati is considered endangered.[1]

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  1. ^ a b González-Maya, J.F. & Arias-Alzate, AAA (2016). "Nasuella meridensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T72261777A72261787. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T72261777A72261787.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Helgen, K. M., R. Kays, L. E. Helgen, M. T. N. Tsuchiya-Jerep, C. M. Pinto, K. P. Koepfli, E. Eizirik, and J. E. Maldonado (2009). Taxonomic boundaries and geographic distributions revealed by an integrative systematic overview of the mountain coatis, Nasuella (Carnivora: Procyonidae). Small Carnivore Conservation. 41: 65–74