Habitat and Ecology
Animals come to rubbish dumps in various places including at buildings amid plantations on the Valparai plateau. It has been seen scavenging on carcases of large mammals like Gaur Bos gaurus in the Anamalais (D. Mudappa pers. comm. 2014).
It is likely to be mostly crepuscular to nocturnal in habit, but with significant day-time activity (Mudappa 1998, 2002, 2013). It has been observed as single individuals or, less frequently, duos or small groups. Preliminary radio-tracking data on one individual show very large movements for a 2.6 kg animal (D. Jathannapers. comm. 2014).
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- Vulnerable (VU)
- 2000Data Deficient (DD)
- 1996Not Evaluated (NE)
Indian brown mongoose
The Indian brown mongoose (Herpestes fuscus) looks similar to the short-tailed mongoose from Southeast Asia and is sometimes believed to be only a subspecies of this latter. The Indian brown mongoose is found in southwest India and Sri Lanka.
The Indian brown mongoose appears large compared to the other mongoose species in southern Western Ghats. This species has a Dark brown body and its legs are noticeably in black colour. The tail length is two third of its body length and more furry than that of the Small Indian Mongoose. A pointed tail and fur beneath the hind leg help to distinguish this species from others.
In South India, it is found from 700 to 1,300 m from Virajpet in south Coorg and Ooty in the Nilgiri hills, Tiger Shola in the Palni hills, High Wavy Mountains in Madurai, Kalakad-Mundanthurai in Agasthyamalai hills, Valparai plateau in the Anamalai hills, and Peeramedu in Kerala.
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