|Scientific Name:||Mungos gambianus|
|Species Authority:||(Ogilby, 1835)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Van Rompaey, H., Sillero-Zubiri, C. & Hoffmann, M.|
|Reviewer(s):||Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
Listed as Least Concern as the species is apparently widespread, locally common, there are no major threats, and it is present in several protected areas.
|Range Description:||Endemic to West Africa, occurring from Gambia and Senegal west and south through Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria (Van Rompaey and Sillero-Zubiri in press). A record from Cameroon (Jeannin 1936), presumably results from confusion with Banded Mongoose (Van Rompaey and Sillero-Zubiri in press). The Niger R. presumably forms the eastern limit.|
Native:Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
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|Population:||This species has been considered the most abundant carnivore in the Guinea savanna (Booth 1960). In Senegal, the day-time frequency of observations along roads was 0.08/100 km (Sillero-Zubiri and Marino 1997).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||An inhabitant of Guinea woodland (Van Rompaey and Sillero-Zubiri in press). In Gambia, this species is associated with denser coastal woodland (Grubb et al. 1998) and dry parts of dense, partly swampy riverine forest (T. Wacher, in Van Rompaey and Sillero-Zubiri in press). Insectivorous.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no known major threats, although they are sometimes recorded sold as bushmeat (e.g., Ziegler et al. 2002).|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is present in several protected areas, such as the National Park of Upper Niger in Guinea and Niokola-Koba National Park in Senegal.|
Grubb, P., Jones, T.S., Davies, A.G., Edberg, E., Starin, E.D. and Hill, J.E. 1998. Mammals of Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. Trendrine Press, Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, UK.
Jeannin, A. 1936. Les mammifères sauvages du Cameroun. Paul Lechevalier, Paris, France.
Sillero-Zubiri, C. and Marino, J. 1997. The status of small carnivore species in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal. Small Carnivore Conservation 17: 15-19.
Van Rompaey, H. and Sillero-Zubiri, C. 2013. Mungos gambianus Gambian Mongoose. In: J. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa. V. Carnivores, Pangolins, Equids and Rhinoceroses, pp. 353-354. Bloomsbury, London, UK.
Ziegler, S., Nikolaus, G. and Hutterer, R. 2002. High mammalian diversity in the newly established National Park of Upper Niger, Republic of Guinea. Oryx 36(1): 73-80.
|Citation:||Van Rompaey, H., Sillero-Zubiri, C. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Mungos gambianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.|
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