Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Ranges from eastern Zimbabwe and central Mozambique northwards through Malawi, eastern Zambia, south-eastern DR Congo Tanzania, to the Lukenya foothills of Kenya. There are outlying records from Mweru Wantipa in the north of Zambia, and from the Zimbabwean side of the middle Zambezi R. near Lake Kariba (Taylor in press). Present on Zanzibar. Recorded to 1,850 m asl (De Luca and Mpunga 2005).

Reported from Yemen (Nader and Al-Safadi 1991), although Simmons (1995) states that this record requires confirmation.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Recorded from a variety of habitats, including Acacia woodlands in Mozambique, Brachystegia woodland in Zimbabwe, montane and bamboo forest in the Udzungwa Mountains, and coral-rag thicket and groundwater forest in Zanzibar (Taylor in press). Omnivorous.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Hoffmann, M.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern as it has a relatively wide distribution in a variety of habitats, has proved to be quite common in areas where camera-trapping surveys have been conducted, there are no major obvious threats, and they are present in several protected areas across their range.

History
  • 1988
    Indeterminate
    (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
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Population

Population
Most accounts of this species report them as uncommon, but a recent photo-trapping exercise in the Udzungwa Mountains found this to be the most frequently recorded carnivore (De Luca and Mpunga 2005) and it was also the most common animal camera-trapped in other parts of the Eastern Arc Mountains, including the Ulugurus and Ngurus (F. Rovero pers. comm.).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
They are present in several protected areas across their range, including Selous N.P., Arusha N.P. and Udzungwa Mtns N.P. (Tanzania).
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Wikipedia

Bushy-tailed mongoose

The bushy-tailed mongoose (Bdeogale crassicauda) is a mammal in the family Herpestidae found in central Africa, from southern Kenya to central Mozambique.

It is 40–50 cm (16–20 in) long, weighs 0.9–1.6 kg (2.0–3.5 lb), and feeds on small birds and eggs.

Subspecies[edit]

  • B. c. crassicauda, central Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia
  • B. c. nigrescens, Central Kenya (Nairobi)
  • B. c. omnivora, found in northern coastal Tanzania and Kenya, is classified by the IUCN as endangered (as B. omnivora)
  • B. c. puisa, northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania
  • B. c. tenuis, found in Zanzibar, is classified as Lower Risk/least concern.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffmann, M. (2008). Bdeogale crassicauda. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
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