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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids$
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David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759805.001.0001

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Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild musteloids

Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild musteloids

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild musteloids
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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids
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David W. Macdonald

Lauren A. Harrington

Chris Newman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759805.003.0001

The musteloids comprise over 90 species (belonging to four families – the Mustelidae, Mephitidae, Procyonidae and Ailuridae) in a diversity of forms, that are distributed worldwide, across several climatic zones and in a number of habitat types (terrestrial and aquatic). This first chapter gives a brief overview of the biogeography and ecology of musteloids, their assemblages and communities, their conservation status, and the anthropogenic threats that they face, and then provides a short account of each of the musteloid species describing their geographic range, habitat associations, diet, home range size, population densities, and conservation issues. Each species vignette is accompanied by a range map reproduced from the 2016 IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, and body size data taken from the literature.

Keywords:   Musteloids, Mustelidae, Mephitidae, Procyonidae, Ailuridae, geographic range, body size, weight, head-body length

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