Ichneumia albicauda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ichneumia albicauda
Species Authority: (G.[Baron] Cuvier, 1829)
Common Name(s):
English White-tailed Mongoose

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 they are common through much of their wide range, present even in human-modified habitats, and feed opportunistically, so there is little reason to be believe they are currently threatened.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Widespread in sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and Gambia to the Horn of Africa, and then southwards to south-east South Africa (Taylor in press). Extralimital to the African continent, present along much of the coast of Saudi Arabia to Oman and also recorded from Farasan Kabir Island in the Red Sea, where they may have been introduced (Taylor in press). Ranges to 3,500 m asl in Ethiopia (Admasu et al. 2004).
Angola (Angola); Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Uganda; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Common. Densities as high as 4.3 individuals/km² were reported from the Serengeti (Waser 1980).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in grasslands, savanna, and woodland areas, and absent from moist forested areas, high altitudes, desert and semi-desert (Taylor in press). They are adaptable to human-modified habitats, with individuals often found around towns and villages where they feed opportunistically on garbage (Taylor in press). In Oman they have been found associated with gardens and plantations (Harrison and Bates 1991). Primarily insectivorous.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species. They may be caught incidentally in predator control programmes principally aimed at Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas and Caracal Caracal caracal (Taylor in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in many protected areas across its range.

Bibliography [top]

Admasu, E., Thirgood, S. J., Bekele, A. and Laurenson M. K. 2004. Spatial ecology of white-tailed mongoose in farmland in the ethiopian highlands. African Journal of Ecology 42: 153-159.

Harrison, D.L. and Bates, P.J.J. 1991. The Mammals of Arabia. Harrison Zoological Museum, Sevenoaks, UK.

Taylor, M. E. In press. Ichneumia albicauda. In: J. S. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Waser, P. M. 1980. Small nocturnal carnivores: ecological studies in the Serengeti. African Journal of Ecology 18: 167-185.

Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Ichneumia albicauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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