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Galerella sanguinea.jpg
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Scientific classification e
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 Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Galerella flavescens.jpg Galerella flavescens Angolan slender mongoose Angola and Namibia.
Galerella ochracea Somalian slender mongoose Somalia
Galerella pulverulenta Small Grey Mongoose.jpg Galerella pulverulenta Cape gray mongoose South Africa, Lesotho and southern Namibia
2009-slender-mongoose.jpg Galerella sanguinea Slender mongoose sub-Saharan Africa
Black mongoose waterberg.jpg Galerella nigrata Black mongoose Angola and Namibia

A recent addition is the black mongoose, Galerella nigrata, which now is considered a separate species by many scientists, following genetic analysis. It was previously seen as a variant of Galerella sanguinea.[2]


  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. ^ Tromp S (2007). "Introducing the black mongoose" (PDF). University of Queensland.