Galerella

Galerella[1]
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Suborder:Feliformia
Family:Herpestidae
Genus:Galerella
Gray, 1864
Species
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]

ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Galerella flavescensAngolan slender mongooseAngola and Namibia.
Galerella ochraceaSomalian slender mongooseSomalia
Galerella pulverulentaCape gray mongooseSouth Africa, Lesotho and southern Namibia
Galerella sanguineaSlender mongoosesub-Saharan Africa

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]

References

  1. 1 2 3 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.


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