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Galerella sanguinea.jpg
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Galerella
Gray, 1864
Galerella ranges.png
Galerella ranges

Galerella is a genus of the mongoose family (Herpestidae) native to Africa and commonly called the slender mongooses.[1]

There are four or five species in this genus, with more than 30 subspecies.

Four of the species have long been established:[1]

Image Name Distribution
Galerella flavescens.jpg Angolan slender mongoose G. flavescens Angola and Namibia
Somalian slender mongoose G. ochracea Somalia
Galerella pulverulenta Small Grey Mongoose.jpg Cape gray mongoose G. pulverulenta (Wagner, 1839)[2] South Africa, Lesotho and southern Namibia
2009-slender-mongoose.jpg Slender mongoose Galerella sanguinea sub-Saharan Africa
Black mongoose waterberg.jpg Black mongoose G. nigrata Angola and Namibia

A recent addition is the black mongoose G. nigrata, which now is considered a separate species by many scientists, following genetic analysis. It was previously seen as a variant of Galerella sanguinea.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). "Galerella". Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Wagner, J.A. (1839). "Über die Verwandtschafts-Verhältnisse der Pharaonsratte". Gelehrte Anzeigen der Königlich Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu München. 9 (183): 425–429.
  3. ^ Tromp, S. (2007). "Introducing the black mongoose" (PDF). University of Queensland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-08-12.