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Angolan kusimanse

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Carnivora
Genus  Crossarchus
Higher classification  Crossarchus
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Herpestidae
Scientific name  Crossarchus ansorgei
Rank  Species
Angolan kusimanse
Similar  Flat‑headed kusimanse, Alexander's kusimanse, Angolan slender mongoose, Pousargues's mongoose, Jackson's mongoose

The Angolan kusimanse (Crossarchus ansorgei), also known as Ansorge's kusimanse, is a species of small mongoose. There are two recognized subspecies: C. a. ansorgei, found in Angola; and C. a. nigricolor, found in Zaire, which do not have overlapping ranges. It prefers rainforest type habitat, and avoids regions inhabited by humans. It grows to 12–18 inches in length, with a 6–10 inch long tail, and weighs 1–3 lb. Little is known about this species of kusimanse, and there are no estimates of its wild population numbers or status. Until 1984, the species was only known from two specimens from Baringa but are now thought to be quite common in some regions. Threats are probably habitat loss and bushmeat hunting. However, this species is protected by Salonga National Park.

References

Angolan kusimanse Wikipedia


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