Habitat and Ecology
It is likely to be found near rivers in the Philippines (Rabor, 1986; Heaney et al., 1998). On Borneo, it occurs in lowland primary and secondary forest, as well as plantations and in gardens (Payne et al., 1985). In Sarawak, this species occurs in acacia plantations within mosaic or patchy forest or peat swamp forest. It is widespread in the hills and lowlands, but occuring up to 1,280 m elevation in the Kelabit uplands in Sarawak (Medway 1965, 1977). However, in Penisular Malaysia, all records have been from elevations of less than 100 m in primary or regenerating evergreen forest (Wells 1989). The species is currently being studied in Wildife Krau Reverve in Peninsular Malaysia in order to obtain more information on its ecology (Jennings et al, in prep.; Malaysia Carnivore Project, 2006).
Life History and Behavior
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Herpestes brachyurus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The species is red-brown to black, with black limbs. The head is more grayish, with a black spot on the chin. This species has a total length of 60 to 65 cm (including tail) and a weight of about 1.4 kg. The tail is relatively short, about 25 cm.
The short-tailed mongoose is found in lowland rainforests of Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippine islands Palawan and Busuanga. It is common in the neighbourhood of rivers and other bodies of waters. One of its subspecies is often considered a separate species instead, the Hose's mongoose.