African striped weasel (Poecilogale albinucha)

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African striped weasel
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The African striped weasel is one of the smallest carnivores in Africa.
  • Although it mainly feeds on small mammals, the African striped weasel is also known to consume birds, reptiles, insects and eggs.
  • A strong digger, the African striped weasel uses its sharp claws to excavate burrows and access prey.
  • Often exploited for use in traditional medicine, the skin of the African striped weasel is thought by some to be a good luck charm.
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African striped weasel fact file

African striped weasel description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
GenusPoecilogale (1)

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African striped weasel status

The African striped weasel is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (July, 2012)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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