Melogale personata personata
(Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831)
English : Large-toothed ferret-badger
French : Blaireau-furet de Birmanie
Class : Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae
Notes : 4 other subspecies known.
The species can reach 40 cm for a weight of 1.6 kg. Small legs with prominent claws, elongated but bigger snout than other species, long bushy white tail. White dorsal stripe continuous. Black and white facial mask, white more extensive.
Range and habitat
This subspecies is found from north-east India to Myanmar and Thailand. The species occurs from North-east India to Vietnam and extreme south China. Lives in tropical and subtropical forests, woodlands, grasslands and cultivations.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species was previously classified as Data Deficient as it was so poorly known. It can withstand habitat change but is regularly hunted. Since it is very difficult to differentiate it from M. moschata, most of the data from the field is very difficult to interpret correctly.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known