oa African Zoology - Notes on the feeding habits of the yellow mongoose Cynictis penicillata

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The monotypic genus Cynictis is endemic to southern Africa (Lundholm 1955). General remarks on its feeding habits are given by Sclater (1900) and Shortridge (1934). According to Snyman (1940) and Ducker (1965) it is mainly insectivorous but this does not entirely agree with the findings of Michaelis (1972). Hinton & Dunn (1967) following FitzSimons (1919) mention that C. penicillata (G. Cuvier) is inclined to attack vertebrates of medium size such as hares, bigger birds or even new-born lambs.

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