Brown-tailed mongoose

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Brown-tailed mongoose
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Plate of Galidia olivacea, a synonym of the brown-tailed mongoose, from 1839. The tail is incomplete. [1]
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Eupleridae
Genus: Salanoia
S. concolor
Binomial name
Salanoia concolor
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Brown-tailed mongoose range

The brown-tailed mongoose, Malagasy brown-tailed mongoose, or salano ( Salanoia concolor) is a species of mammal in the family Eupleridae. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

<i>Salanoia</i> monotypic taxon

Salanoia is a genus of euplerid carnivoran with two currently described species found in Madagascar. They are mongoose-like, which is reflected in the older versions of their English names, for example brown-tailed mongoose which is now called brown-tailed vontsira. The name Salanoia is derived from one of the vernacular names for Salanoia concolor: Salano.

Mammal class of tetrapods

Mammals are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia, and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding (nursing) their young, a neocortex, fur or hair, and three middle ear bones. These characteristics distinguish them from reptiles and birds, from which they diverged in the late Triassic, 201–227 million years ago. There are around 5,450 species of mammals. The largest orders are the rodents, bats and Soricomorpha. The next three are the Primates, the Cetartiodactyla, and the Carnivora.

Eupleridae family of carnivorans

Eupleridae is a family of carnivorans endemic to Madagascar and comprising 10 known living species in seven genera, commonly known as euplerids, or Malagasy mongooses. The best known species is the fossa, in the subfamily Euplerinae. All species of Euplerinae were formerly classified as viverrids, while all species in the subfamily Galidiinae were classified as herpestids.



The brown-tailed mongoose was first described in 1837 by French zoologist Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire under the names Galidia unicolor and Galidia olivacea. He placed both in the genus Galidia, together with the ring-tailed mongoose (Galidia elegans), [3] which is now recognized as the only species of that genus. [4] However, the name unicolor had been a misprint for concolor, and the name was corrected in an erratum and in a later note by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. [5] In 1865, [Note 1] John Edward Gray placed concolor and olivacea in their own subgenus of Galidia, which he called Salanoia . [7] In 1882, St. George Jackson Mivart also separated olivacea and concolor from Galidia, and placed them in a separate genus Hemigalidia, without mentioning Salanoia. [8] In his 1904 Index generum mammalium, Palmer noted that Salanoia, the first name to be published, was the proper name for the genus. [9] Although Glover Morrill Allen, in 1939, still listed two species, which he called Salanoia olivacea and S. unicolor, [10] by 1972 R. Albignac recognized a single species only, which he called Salanoia concolor. [11] A second species of Salanoia, Salanoia durrelli , was described in 2010. [12]

Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire French scientist

Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire was a French zoologist and an authority on deviation from normal structure. In 1854 he coined the term éthologie (ethology).

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

John Edward Gray British zoologist and philatelist (1800–1875)

John Edward Gray, FRS was a British zoologist. He was the elder brother of zoologist George Robert Gray and son of the pharmacologist and botanist Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828). The standard author abbreviation J.E.Gray is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. or zoological name.


  1. The description appeared in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London for 1864, but the Proceedings often did not appear in the year they were for, and Salanoia was published in May 1865. [6]

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  1. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1839; cf. Garbutt, 2007, pp. 219–220
  2. Hawkins et al., 2008
  3. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1837, p. 581
  4. Wozencraft, 2005, pp. 560–561
  5. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1839, p. 37
  6. Allen, 1939, p. 227; Wozencraft, 2005, p. 561
  7. Gray, 1865, p. 523; Allen, 1939, p. 226
  8. Mivart, 1882, p. 188
  9. Palmer, 1904, pp. 317, 617
  10. Allen, 1939, p. 228
  11. Albignac, 1972, p. 677
  12. Durbin et al., 2010

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