Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Eupleridae

Scientific Name: Mungotictis decemlineata
Species Authority: (A. Grandidier, 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Bokiboky, Malagasy Narrow-striped Mongoose, Narrow-striped Mongoose
Mungotictis lineata Pocock, 1915
Mungotictis substriatus Pocock, 1915
Mungotictis vittatus Gray, 1848
Taxonomic Notes: Two subspecies are described: M. d. decemlineata, in the northern range of the species, and M. d. lineata, formerly known only from the holotype at the southern limit of the range, but since recorded in the Manombo River valley (Hawkins et al. 2000, Goodman et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hawkins, A.F.A.
Reviewer(s): Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority)
Listed as Vulnerable as the species occurs in an isolated area of less than 20,000 km², which is severely fragmented, undergoing continuing habitat loss, and where it is also at risk from predation by non-native carnivores.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Endangered (EN)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Vulnerable (V)
1990 Vulnerable (V)
1988 Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the dry decidous forests of the central and southern Menabe regions of western Madagascar from sea level to about 125 m asl. It is found between the Tsiribihina River in the north to south of the Manombo River (Razafimanantsoa 2003; Goodman et al. 2005). The precise southern limits of the range of the nominate subspecies remain unclear (Woolaver et al. 2006), but it does not extend south of the large Mangoky river, a significant biogeographical boundary. M. d. lineata has recently been rediscovered south of this river (Goodman et al. 2005) and further research is necessary to clarify the species limits of the two forms
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: This can be a locally common species. In central Menabe, densities range from 0.25- 2.9 /ha (Rabeantoandro 1997; Razafimanantsoa 2003). From live-trapping and village surveys, Woolaver et al. (2006, 2006) found M. d. decemlineata to be distributed throughout the largest area of connected forest in central Menabe and most of the larger forest fragments in southern Menabe; these authors estimated a minimum of 2,000–3,400 adults in central Menabe and 6,400–8,650 adults in southern Menabe. The species seems to occur at much lower densities between the Mangoky and Fiherenana Rivers, in the range of M. d. lineata.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a diurnal, terrestrial and arboreal species found in dry deciduous forest. During the night, animals sleep in burrows, or holes in both fallen and standing trees and in similar shelters. This is a social species usually found in family groups of 6-8. The gestation period for this species is between 74 and 106 days after which a single young is born (Razafimanantsoa 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by conversion of its forest habitat to cultivated land and pasture, selective logging and also by incidental mortality caused by hunting dogs (Razafimanantsoa 2003). Feral dogs are known predators of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in the Central Menabe provisional protected area, Kirindy Mitea National Park, and Andranomena Special Reserve (at extremely low densities).

Citation: Hawkins, A.F.A. 2008. Mungotictis decemlineata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13923A4365053. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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