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SPECIES Herpestes javanicus

Author:E. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1818.
Citation:Descrip. de L'Egypte, 2: 138.
Common Name:Small Asian Mongoose
Type Locality:"Java".
Distribution:Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Introduced to: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji Isls, Jamacia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Surinam, West Indies, USA (Hawaiian Isls), and many other tropical regions.
Status:CITES Appendix III (India) as H. javanicus auropunctatus; IUCN Endangered as H. palustris, Lower Risk (lc) as H. javanicus.
Comments:Bechthold (1939), Pocock (1941a), and Lekagul and McNeeley (1977) included auropunctatus. Wells (1989) discussed the situation for the morphotypes in Indochina. Nellis (1989) considered auropunctatus as a separate species. Taylor and Matheson's (1999) skull morphometic study showed that the oriental subspecies can be distinguished from the northern and western subspecies based on a phenetic analysis of skull measurements. Ghose (1965) separated palustris from javanicus. Wenzel and Haltenorth (1972) and Corbet and Hill (1992) considered palustris, auropunctatus, and javanicus as conspecific, which is followed here.
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SUBSPECIES javanicus

SUBSPECIES auropunctatus

SUBSPECIES exilis

SUBSPECIES orientalis

SUBSPECIES pallipes

SUBSPECIES palustris

SUBSPECIES peninsulae

SUBSPECIES perakensis

SUBSPECIES rafflesii

SUBSPECIES rubrifrons

SUBSPECIES siamensis

SUBSPECIES tjerapai

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