Cacomistle (Bassariscus sumichrasti)

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Cacomistle showing teeth (captive)
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • A solitary, tree dwelling species, the cacomistle is active at night
  • 'Cacomistle' comes from the Mexian Nahuatl Indian name 'Tlacomiztli', meaning 'half mountain lion'
  • Feeding mainly on fruit, the cacomistle also eats insects and small vertebrates
  • The cacomistle's home range measures about 100 hectares and generally only a single male and female can be found in the same area
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Cacomistle description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyProcyonidae
GenusBassariscus (1)

Information on the cacomistle (Bassariscus sumichrasti) is being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Central American cacomistle.
French
Bassarai Rusé.
Spanish
Babisuri, Basáride, Guayanoche, Mico Rayado.
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Cacomistle status

The cacomistle is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1) and listed on Appendix III of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (July, 2012)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. CITES (July, 2012)
    http://www.cites.org
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Cacomistle showing teeth (captive)  
Cacomistle showing teeth (captive)

© Valerie Abbott

Valerie Abbott

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