Galidictis

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Galidictis
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Grandidier's mongoose (Galidictis grandidieri)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Eupleridae
Subfamily: Galidiinae
Genus: Galidictis
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1839
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Galidictis ranges

Galidictis is a genus in the subfamily Galidiinae of the family Eupleridae: a group of carnivorans that are endemic to Madagascar. [1]

The name is from two ancient Greek words that both approximately mean ‘weasel’: galid- (see Galidia ) and iktis . [2] Compare the word Galictis (grison, a closer relative of the weasel).

It contains the following two species and two subspecies: [1]

ImageScientific nameSubspeciesCommon nameDistribution
Galidictis fasciata
  • Galidictis fasciata fasciata
  • Galidictis fasciata striatus
Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose Madagascar
Mungo1.jpg Galidictis grandidieri Grandidier's mongoose Madagascar

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References

  1. 1 2 Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. "Galidictis". ISBN   978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC   62265494.
  2. Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary attributes it to "NL, fr. Gk galideus young weasel + iktis yellow-breasted marten [an ambiguous common name that might be the weasel]." However, Lewis and Short describes ictis (ἴκτις) as simply "a kind of weasel". Brill's New Pauly likewise also writes that "ἴκτις/íktis may be a weasel".