Somali dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula)

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Somali dwarf mongoose
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • There are two species of dwarf mongoose, the common dwarf mongoose and the Somali dwarf mongoose.
  • Typically active during the day, dwarf mongooses often seek shelter in termite mounds at dusk.
  • Dwarf mongooses feed mainly on insects, although small vertebrates, eggs and fruit are also eaten occasionally.
  • Dwarf mongooses live in groups of up to 40 individuals led by an older female, and typically only the dominant pair will breed.
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Somali dwarf mongoose description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyHerpestidae
GenusHelogale (1)

Information on the Somali dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula) is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
desert dwarf mongoose, Ethiopian dwarf mongoose.
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Somali dwarf mongoose status

The Somali dwarf mongoose 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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