Mustela subpalmata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mustela subpalmata
Species Authority: Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833
Common Name(s):
English Egyptian Weasel
Taxonomic Notes: Recognized as a separate species by van Zyll de Jong (1992), Reig (1997), and Abramov and Baryshnikov (2000). Treated as a separate species by Wozencraft (2005) and McDonald (in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): McDonald, R. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as although it has a restricted distribution in the Nile Delta of Egypt (though not believed small enough to meet the threshold for the B criterion), the species is common and adaptable, commensal with humans, and there are currently no known major threats.
2003 Not Evaluated (IUCN 2003)
2003 Not Evaluated

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Confined to the lower Nile Valley of Egypt, between Beni Suef in the south and Alexandria and the Delta in the north (Handwerk 1993, McDonald in press).
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Population [top]

Population: Common to abundant; densities of 0.5–1.0/ha have been estimated from trapping (Handwerk 1993). Opportunistic feeders.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Commensal with humans, and often trapped in human habitations, including underground larders and even in cars (McDonald in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is a human commensal, and no conservation measures apparently are currently needed.

Citation: McDonald, R. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Mustela subpalmata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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