Stripe-necked mongoose

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Stripe-necked mongoose
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Adult from Nagarhole National Park
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Herpestes
Species: H. vitticollis
Binomial name
Herpestes vitticollis
Bennett, 1835
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Stripe-necked mongoose range

The stripe-necked mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis) is a species of mongoose found in southern India to Sri Lanka.

The stripe-necked mongoose is the largest of the Asiatic mongooses. The range distribution of the Stripe-necked Mongoose was restricted to the southern part of India and Sri Lanka. The Stripe-necked Mongoose was recorded from many parts of the Western Ghats. Distribution of the Stripe-necked Mongoose in Similipal Tiger Reserve, Odisha was reported by. Similipal is the southeastern extension of the Chota Nagpur plateau. Although there was a sighting record, there were no specimens from the Eastern Ghats. Five records confirm the Stripe-necked Mongoose in Papikonda National Park and adjacent reserve forests,first report from the Eastern Ghats.It has a stout body set on short legs. It is easily distinguished by the black stripe that runs laterally on both sides of its neck. The body coloration is a rusty brown to grizzled grey. The relatively short tail is mostly black, with grey at the base. The stripe-necked mongoose feeds on frogs, crabs, mouse deer, hares, rodents, fowl, and reptiles. This mongoose species is more diurnal in habits. They prefer forested areas near a fresh water source. They are often found in swamps and rice fields.

Subspecies[edit]

There are two subspecies. H. vitticollis vitticollis is from the provinces of Western Ghats, Coorg and Kerala, and has more of a reddish tint to its fur. The other, H. vitticollis inornatus, is found in the Kanara province, and lacks a reddish tint to its fur.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1.Balaji, K. & J.E. Satyanarayana (2016). The first record of Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis Bennett, 1835 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Herpestidae)from the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(14): 9684–9686; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.3123.8.14.9684-9686
  2. Choudbury, A.; Wozencraft, C.; Muddapa, D. & Yonzon, P. (2008). "Herpestes vitticollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  3. Pocock, R.I. (1941). The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Mammalia, 2nd Edition, 2. Taylor & Francis, London, U.K.
  4. Prater, S.H. (1971). The Book of Indian Animals – 3rd Edition.Bombay Natural History Society. Oxford University Press, Bombay, 324pp.
  5. Corbet, G.B. & J.E. Hill (1992). Mammals of the Indo-Malayan Region: A Systematic Review. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  6. Van Rompaey, H. & M.N. Jayakumar (2003). The Stripe-necked Mongoose, Herpestes vitticollis. Small Carnivore Conservation 28: 14–17.
  7. Mudappa, D. (2013). Herpestids, viverrids and mustelids, pp. 471–498. In: Johnsingh, A.J.T. & N. Manjrekar (eds.). Mammals of South Asia -1. Universities Press, Hyderabad, India.
  8. Menon, V. (2014). Indian Mammals - A Field Guide. Hachette India, Gurgaon, India, 528pp.
  9. Sreehari, R. & P.O. Nameer (2016). Small carnivores of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(11): 9306–9315; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2311.8.11.9306-9315
  10. Nayak, A.K., M.V. Nair & P.P. Mohapatra (2014). Stripenecked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis in Odisha, eastern India: A biogeographically significant record. Small Carnivore Conservation 51: 71–73.
  11. Ray, G.C. (2005). Geography of Orissa. Kitab Mahal, Cuttack, India.
  12. Allen, P.R. (1911). Mongooses in the Eastern Ghats. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 21: 237–238.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choudbury, A.; Wozencraft, C.; Muddapa, D. & Yonzon, P. (2008). "Herpestes vitticollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 March 2009.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  2. ^ 1.Balaji, K. & J.E. Satyanarayana (2016). The first record of Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis Bennett, 1835 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Herpestidae)from the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(14): 9684–9686; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.3123.8.14.9684-9686