Somali dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula)
|Also known as:||desert dwarf mongoose, Ethiopian dwarf mongoose|
- 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.
The Somali dwarf mongoose is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (July, 2012)