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Temporal range: Neogene 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

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Herpestes is a genus within the mongoose family Herpestidae. It is the type genus of the family and comprises ten living species, with a number of subspecies, and one extinct species.[1]

The scientific name Herpestes was proposed by Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger in 1811.[2]


Image Name Distribution and IUCN Red List status
Herpestes ichneumon Египетский мангуст, или фараонова крыса, или ихневмо́н.jpg Egyptian mongoose (H. ichneumon) (Linnaeus, 1758)[3] LC[4]
Egyptian Mongoose area.png
Herpestes edwardsii at Hyderaba.jpg Indian grey mongoose (H. edwardsii) (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1818)[5] LC[6]
Indian Gray Mongoose area.png
Small asian mongoose.jpg Javan mongoose (H. javanicus) (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1818)[5] LC[7]
Small Asian Mongoose area.png
2007-stripe-necked-mongoose.jpg Stripe-necked mongoose (H. vitticollis) Bennett, 1835[8] LC[9]

Stripe-necked Mongoose area.png

Herpestes urva - Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology - DSC02477.JPG Crab-eating mongoose (H. urva) (Hodgson, 1836)[10] LC[11]

Crab-eating Mongoose area.png

Ruddy mongoose.jpg Ruddy mongoose (H. smithii) Gray, 1837[12] LC[13]
Ruddy Mongoos area.png
Herpestes brachyurus.jpg Short-tailed mongoose (H. brachyurus) Gray, 1837[12] NT[14]
Short-tailed Mongoose area.png
Brown mongoose.jpg Indian brown mongoose (H. fuscus) Waterhouse, 1838 LC[6]
Indian Gray Mongoose area.png
Herpestes semitorquatus.jpg Collared mongoose (H. semitorquatus) Gray, 1846[15] NT[16]
Collared Mongoose area.png
Long-nosed mongoose (H. naso) de Winton, 1901 LC[17]
Long-nosed Mongoose area.png


  1. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). "Genus 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.
  2. ^ Illiger, C. (1815). "Überblick der Säugethiere nach ihrer Verteilung über die Welttheile". Abhandlungen der Königlichen Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. 1804−1811: 39−159.
  3. ^ Linnaeus, Carl (1758). "Viverra ichneumon". Caroli Linnæi Systema naturæ per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I (decima, reformata ed.). Holmiae: Laurentius Salvius. p. 41. (in Latin)
  4. ^ Do Linh San, E.; Maddock, A.H. & Gaubert, P. & Palomares, F. (2016). "Herpestes ichneumon". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41613A45207211.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, É. (1817). "De l'Ichneumon. Ichneumon pharaon". In Jomard, E. F. (ed.). Description de l'Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'éxpédition de l'armée française. Tome II. Paris: Commission des Sciences et Arts d'Egypte. pp. 137–144.
  6. ^ a b Mudappa, D. & Choudhury, A. (2016). "Herpestes edwardsii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41611A45206787.
  7. ^ Chutipong, W.; Duckworth, J. W.; Timmins, R.; Willcox, D. H. A. & Ario, A. (2016). "Herpestes javanicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T70203940A45207619.
  8. ^ Bennett, E. T. (1835). "Remarks on some Mammalia from Travancore, including a New Species of Herpestes". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. III: 66–67.
  9. ^ Muddapa, D.; Choudhury, A. & Punjabi, G. A. (2016). "Herpestes vitticollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41619A45208503.
  10. ^ Hodgson, B. H. (1836). "Synoptical description of sundry new animals, enumerated in the Catalogue of Nepalese Mammals". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 5: 231–238.
  11. ^ Choudhury, A.; Timmins, R.; Chutipong, W.; Duckworth, J. W.; Mudappa, D. & Willcox, D. H. A. (2015). "Herpestes urva". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T41618A86159618.
  12. ^ a b Gray, J. E. (1837). "Description of some or little known Mammalia, principally in the British Mueum Collection". The Magazine of Natural History and Journal of Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology and Meteorology. I (November): 577–587.
  13. ^ Mudappa, D. & Choudhury, A. (2016). "Herpestes smithii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41617A45208195.
  14. ^ Duckworth, J. W.; Mathai, J.; Ross, J. & Wilting, A. (2016). "Herpestes brachyurus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41610A45206655.
  15. ^ Gray, J.E. (1846). "New species of Mammalia". The Annals and Magazine of Natural History; Zoology, Botany, and Geology. 18 (118): 211–212.
  16. ^ Mathai, J.; Hearn, A.; Brodie, J.; Wilting, A.; Duckworth, J. W.; Ross, J.; Holden, J.; Gemita, E. & Hon, J. (2015). "Herpestes semitorquatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T41616A45208027.
  17. ^ Ray, J.; Bahaa-el-din, L.; Angelici, F. M. & Do Linh San, E. (2015). "Herpestes naso". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T41615A45207915.