Ethiopian dwarf mongoose

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Ethiopian dwarf mongoose
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Helogale
H. hirtula
Binomial name
Helogale hirtula
Thomas, 1904
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Ethiopian dwarf mongoose range

The Ethiopian dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula), also known as the desert dwarf mongoose or Somali dwarf mongoose, is a mongoose native to East Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. [1]

The Ethiopian dwarf mongoose will send out warning calls to its family if a predator is detected. They have also been known to produce general alarm calls when danger is not present. These calls have different pitches which indicate different levels of urgency for the family. A study of dwarf mongoose suggested that they could convey the predator's species, distance and elevation to the family all through alarm calls. [2]


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  1. 1 2 Do Linh San, E. & Hoffmann, M. (2015). "Helogale hirtula". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . 2015: e.T41608A45206437.
  2. Collier, Katie; Radford, Andrew N.; Townsend, Simon W.; Manser, Marta B. (Summer 2017). "Wild dwarf mongoose produce general alert and predator-specific alarm calls". Behavioral Ecology. 28: 1293–1301. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arx091 via Science Citation Index [SCI] - ISI Web of Knowledge.