Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2000Data Deficient
- 1996Not Evaluated
The Indian brown mongoose has been recorded in a few protected areas in the southern Western Ghats, India (Mudappa 2002). Urgent field surveys, ecological studies, habitat protection and monitoring of any threats are needed.
Indian brown mongoose
The Indian brown mongoose (Herpestes fuscus) looks similar to the short-tailed mongoose from Southeast Asia and is sometimes believed to be only a subspecies of this latter. The Indian brown mongoose is found in southwest India and Sri Lanka.
The Indian brown mongoose appears large compared to the other mongoose species in southern Western Ghats. This species has a Dark brown body and its legs are noticeably in black colour. The tail length is two third of its body length and more furry than that of the Small Indian Mongoose. A pointed tail and fur beneath the hind leg help to distinguish this species from others.
In South India, it is found from 700 to 1,300 m from Virajpet in south Coorg and Ooty in the Nilgiri hills, Tiger Shola in the Palni hills, High Wavy Mountains in Madurai, Kalakad-Mundanthurai in Agasthyamalai hills, Valparai plateau in the Anamalai hills, and Peeramedu in Kerala.
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