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Temporal range: Oligocene to present
Herpestes edwardsii at Hyderaba.jpg
Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Subfamily: Herpestinae
Genus: Herpestes
Illiger, 1811

Herpestes is a genus of the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the type genus of the family. It contains the following ten species, with a number of subspecies, and one extinct species:[1]


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Herpestes brachyurus Short-tailed mongoose Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippine islands Palawan and Busuanga
Herpestes edwardsii at Hyderaba.jpg Herpestes edwardsi Indian gray mongoose West Asia and on the Indian subcontinent
Brown mongoose.jpg Herpestes fuscus Indian brown mongoose southern Western Ghats.
Herpestes ichneumon Египетский мангуст, или фараонова крыса, или ихневмо́н.jpg Herpestes ichneumon Egyptian mongoose Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Palestine, and most of sub-Saharan Africa, except for central Democratic Republic of the Congo, and arid regions of southern Africa.
Small asian mongoose.jpg Herpestes javanicus Small Asian mongoose South and Southeast Asia.
Herpestes naso Long-nosed mongoose Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Niger, and Tanzania
Herpestes semitorquatus Collared mongoose Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Ruddy mongoose.jpg Herpestes smithii Ruddy mongoose peninsular India and Sri Lanka.
Herpestes urva - Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology - DSC02477.JPG Herpestes urva Crab-eating mongoose northeastern Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, southern China and Taiwan
2007-stripe-necked-mongoose.jpg Herpestes vitticollis Stripe-necked mongoose southern India to Sri Lanka.


  1. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). "Herpestes". Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.