Eupleres

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Eupleres
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Eastern falanouc (Eupleres goudotii)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Eupleridae
Subfamily: Euplerinae
Genus: Eupleres
Doyère, 1835
Species
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Eupleres range

Eupleres is a genus of two species of mongoose-like euplerid mammal native to Madagascar. They are primarily terrestrial and consume mainly invertebrates.

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Species

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List lists E. goudotii as vulnerable, [2] while E. major has been assessed as endangered. [3]

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Eupleres major, the western falanouc, is a rare mongoose-like mammal endemic to Madagascar. Until recently, the eastern falanouc was the only recognized species in the genus Eupleres. In 2010, Goodman and Helgen provided morphological evidence showing the two falanoucs are each a separate species and are found in separate geographical locations. E. major is larger and browner compared to E. goudotii and has a diet consisting mainly of invertebrates such as worms, snails, and slugs.

References

  1. Goodman, S. M.; Helgen, K. M. (2010-02-25). "Species limits and distribution of the Malagasy carnivoran genus Eupleres (Family Eupleridae)". Mammalia. 74 (2): 177–185. doi:10.1515/mamm.2010.018.
  2. Hawkins, F. (2016). "Eupleres goudotii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . IUCN. 2016: e.T68336601A45204582. doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T68336601A45204582.en . Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  3. Hawkins, F. (2016). "Eupleres major". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . IUCN. 2016: e.T39547A45204313. doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T39547A45204313.en . Retrieved 16 December 2019.