Japanese badger (Meles anakuma)

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Wild Japanese badger
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • As its common name suggests, the Japanese badger is endemic to Japan
  • Japanese badgers are omnivorous, feeding on earthworms, insects, small mammals and fruit
  • Unlike European badgers, Japanese badgers do not form a male-female bond to rear cubs
  • Japanese badgers are largely nocturnal, and spend most of their time underground in setts from December to February
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Japanese badger description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
GenusMeles (1)

Information on the Japanese badger (Meles anakuma) is being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Japanese badger status

The Japanese badger 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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