oa Journal of East African Natural History - A new four-toed Mongoose from Kenya, Bdeogale crassicauda nigrescens, ssp. novo

Volume 1970, Issue 119
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



The four-toed mongooses belong to the African genus Bdeogale Peters. The genotype, Bdeogale crassicauda, was descriptionbed by Peters in 1852 and currently contains four sub-species. They are distributed through central Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia (B.c. crassicauda Peters 1852); northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania (B.c. puisa Peters 1852); Zanzibar Island (B.c. tenuis Thomas & Wroughton 1908); and northern coastal Tanzania and Kenya (B.c. omnivora Heller 1913), according to Coetzee (1967). In addition, most recent authorities (Walker, 1964; Coetzee, 1967) regard Galeriscus Thomas as a sub-genus of Bdeogale, containing the species B. nigripes Pucheran (1855) and B. jacksoni Thomas (1894). A new sub-species of B. crassicauda is descriptionbed in this paper and the sub-specific name nigrescens proposed.

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