Temporal range: Oligocene to present
Herpestes edwardsii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
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]


ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Herpestes brachyurusShort-tailed mongooseMalay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippine islands Palawan and Busuanga
Herpestes edwardsiIndian gray mongooseWest Asia and on the Indian subcontinent
Herpestes fuscusIndian brown mongoosesouthern Western Ghats.
Herpestes ichneumonEgyptian mongooseEgypt, 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.
Herpestes javanicusSmall Asian mongooseSouth and Southeast Asia.
Herpestes nasoLong-nosed mongooseCameroon, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Niger, and Tanzania
Herpestes semitorquatusCollared mongooseBrunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Herpestes smithiiRuddy mongoosepeninsular India and Sri Lanka.
Herpestes urvaCrab-eating mongoosenortheastern Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, southern China and Taiwan
Herpestes vitticollisStripe-necked mongoosesouthern 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.

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