Bdeogale crassicauda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bdeogale crassicauda
Species Authority: Peters, 1852
Common Name(s):
English Bushy-tailed Mongoose
French Mangouste à queue touffue

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as it has a relatively wide distribution in a variety of habitats, has proved to be quite common in areas where camera-trapping surveys have been conducted, there are no major obvious threats, and they are present in several protected areas across their range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ranges from eastern Zimbabwe and central Mozambique northwards through Malawi, eastern Zambia, south-eastern DR Congo Tanzania, to the Lukenya foothills of Kenya. There are outlying records from Mweru Wantipa in the north of Zambia, and from the Zimbabwean side of the middle Zambezi R. near Lake Kariba (Taylor in press). Present on Zanzibar. Recorded to 1,850 m asl (De Luca and Mpunga 2005).

Reported from Yemen (Nader and Al-Safadi 1991), although Simmons (1995) states that this record requires confirmation.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Most accounts of this species report them as uncommon, but a recent photo-trapping exercise in the Udzungwa Mountains found this to be the most frequently recorded carnivore (De Luca and Mpunga 2005) and it was also the most common animal camera-trapped in other parts of the Eastern Arc Mountains, including the Ulugurus and Ngurus (F. Rovero pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded from a variety of habitats, including Acacia woodlands in Mozambique, Brachystegia woodland in Zimbabwe, montane and bamboo forest in the Udzungwa Mountains, and coral-rag thicket and groundwater forest in Zanzibar (Taylor in press). Omnivorous.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: They are present in several protected areas across their range, including Selous N.P., Arusha N.P. and Udzungwa Mtns N.P. (Tanzania).

Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Bdeogale crassicauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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