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mongooses, a genus of mammals of the family Viverridae.

The body of the mongoose is low and elongate, from 23 to 64 cm in length; the tail is an additional 23–51 cm. Weight ranges from 0.5 to 3.2 kg. The fur is short, in some, an olive-gray or yellowish-brown monotone, and in others, variegated (with white markings). The inguinal glands produce a strong-smelling secretion. There are eight species of Herpestes, distributed in southern Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and neighboring islands. The animals live in forests and brush and among the reeds around bodies of water. They hunt day and night, usually singly, although small groups may form. They live in burrows or natural crevices in the ground. They feed on small rodents, birds, reptiles, fish, crustaceans, and insects. Some species are known for their ability to kill and eat large venomous snakes. There are between two and four offspring in a litter. The animals were imported to the West Indies and the Hawaiian Islands for the purpose of ridding them of rats and snakes, but they reproduced intensively and became harmful to poultry farming. A typical representative of the genus is the ichneumon, or African mongoose.


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771-73 (for the latest word on such matters as the conspecificity of Herpestes javanicus and H.
01 mm) we measured collections of Herpestes javanicus from throughout Asia as well as recent collections from St.
Combining contiguous Asian regions III, V, and VI together, and with elevation represented by classes 300 m in breadth, we found by Spearman's rank correlations that Herpestes javanicus skull length in both sexes is significantly positively correlated with elevation (males: [r.
For Herpestes javanicus, we view the evidence as strong only for (1) and (3), suggestive for (2) and (5), and almost wholly lacking for (4) and (6).
With respect to the size differences between Asia VII and other native regions, there is no firm hypothesis about where the three small Herpestes species evolved.
3e), situa a Lynx y Vulpes en un extremo del morfoespacio, y a Herpestes y Genetta en otro.
Teniendo en cuenta las posiciones relativas de las cinco especies en los morfoespacios derivados de la combinacion de los diferentes indices morfometricos, hemos identificado tres morfogremios: 1) el formado por Lynx, quien se segrega del resto de los carnivoros del ensamble por su alto grado de especializacion dental y mandibular para el consumo de carne; 2) el formado por Meles, cuyo patron dental esta especializado para el consumo de invertebrados; y 3) el formado por Vulpes, Herpestes y Genetta.
En el centro del morfoespacio se encuentra el unico canido del ensamble junto a las especies mas pequenas, Herpestes y Genetta, con superposicion entre las tres, pero sobre todo entre las dos ultimas.
Herpestes ichneumon: EBD 24986, 20712, 20536, 23530, 23149, 20710, 23288, 21609, 23735, 21677, 23528, 25909.
Seasonal changes in the reproductive pattern of feral Herpestes auropunctatus in the Fijian Islands.
Seasonal reproduction in the mongoose, Herpestes auropunctatus.
1999) have shown that most Herpestes are predators, feeding on a wide range of animals including small mammals and birds (including bird eggs), reptiles (especially snakes), a wide variety of insects and crabs.