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SPECIES Herpestes naso

Author:de Winton, 1901.
Citation:Bull. Liverpool Mus., 3: 35.
Common Name:Long-nosed Mongoose
Type Locality:"Cameroon River, West Africa" [Cameroon].
Distribution:Cameroon, Dem. Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Niger, Republic of Congo, Tanzania.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Placed in Xenogale by Allen (1919b), and followed by Rosevear (1974), Ansell (1978) and Colyn and Van Rompaey (1994). This taxon, and ichneumon, which is generally recognized as its sister taxon (Allen, 1919b; Hayman, in Sanderson, 1940; Rosevear, 1974), can be distinguished principally by proportional differences of the interorbital region (Rosevear, 1974). Allen (1919b), Hayman (in Sanderson, 1940), Wenzel and Haltenorth (1972), Rosevear (1974), and Coetzee (1977b) did not feel these differences were sufficient to warrant generic distinction. Recognition of Xenogale would make Herpestes paraphyletic. Reviewed by Orts (1970) and Colyn and van Rompaey (1994) who provide an excellent summary of the taxonomic discussion and who could find no subspecies differentiation.
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Synonyms:

    almodovari Cabrera, 1902
    microdon (J. A. Allen, 1919)
    nigerianus Thomas, 1912

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