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American mink
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Mustelinae
G. Fischer de Waldheim, 1817
Mustelinae range.png
Mustelinae range

Mustelinae is a subfamily of family Mustelidae, which includes weasels, ferrets and minks.[1][2]

It was formerly defined in a paraphyletic manner to also include wolverines, martens, and many other mustelids, to the exclusion of the otters (Lutrinae).[3]

Extant species of Mustelinae[edit]

Subfamily Mustelinae

Image Genus Living species
Mustela nivalis -British Wildlife Centre-4.jpg Mustela Linnaeus, 1758 (weasels, ferrets, European mink and stoats)
American Mink.jpg Neovison Baryshnikov & Abramov, 1997

Some of the fashion furs come from this subfamily: ermine, weasel, mink and polecat.[4]


  1. ^ Nascimento, F. O. do (2014). "On the correct name for some subfamilies of Mustelidae (Mammalia, Carnivora)". Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo). 54 (21): 307–313. doi:10.1590/0031-1049.2014.54.21.
  2. ^ Law, C. J.; Slater, G. J.; Mehta, R. S. (2018-01-01). "Lineage Diversity and Size Disparity in Musteloidea: Testing Patterns of Adaptive Radiation Using Molecular and Fossil-Based Methods". Systematic Biology. 67 (1): 127–144. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syx047. PMID 28472434.
  3. ^ Koepfli KP, Deere KA, Slater GJ, et al. (2008). "Multigene phylogeny of the Mustelidae: Resolving relationships, tempo and biogeographic history of a mammalian adaptive radiation". BMC Biol. 6: 4–5. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-6-10. PMC 2276185. PMID 18275614.
  4. ^ "History of Fur in Fashion: Introduction". 4 December 2011.

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