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Mustela  Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Serial No.: 180552

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
       
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Synonym(s): Grammogale Cabrera, 1940
 
    Lutreola Wagner, 1841
 
    Putorius Cuvier, 1817
 
  Common Name(s): ermines [English]
 
    ferrets [English]
 
    minks [English]
 
    weasels [English]
 
       
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
       
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2006   
       

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
       
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria   
       InfrakingdomDeuterostomia   
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                InfraphylumGnathostomata   
                   SuperclassTetrapoda   
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderCarnivora Bowdich, 1821 – cachorro do mato, carnívoro, gato do mato, lontra, carnivores, carnivores  
                                  SuborderCaniformia Kretzoi, 1938 – dog-like carnivores  
                                     FamilyMustelidae Fischer, 1817 – mustelids  
                                        SubfamilyMustelinae Fischer, 1817 – wolverines, martens, weasels  
                                           GenusMustela Linnaeus, 1758 – ermines, ferrets, minks, weasels  
    Direct Children:  
                                              Species Mustela africana Desmarest, 1818 – tropical weasel, Amazon Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela altaica Pallas, 1811 – Mountain Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758 – Ermine, hermine 
                                              Species Mustela eversmanii Lesson, 1827 – Steppe Polecat 
                                              Species Mustela felipei Izor and de la Torre, 1978 – Colombian Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela frenata Lichtenstein, 1831 – Long-tailed Weasel, belette à longue queue, Comadreja cola larga 
                                              Species Mustela itatsi Temminck, 1844 – Japanese Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela kathiah Hodgson, 1835 – Yellow-bellied Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela lutreola (Linnaeus, 1761) – European Mink 
                                              Species Mustela lutreolina Robinson and Thomas, 1917 – Indonesian Mountain Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela nigripes (Audubon and Bachman, 1851) – Black-footed Ferret 
                                              Species Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766 – Least Weasel, belette pygmée 
                                              Species Mustela nudipes Desmarest, 1822 – Malayan Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela putorius Linnaeus, 1758 – European Polecat 
                                              Species Mustela sibirica Pallas, 1773 – Siberian Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela strigidorsa Gray, 1853 – Back-striped Weasel 
                                              Species Mustela subpalmata Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1833 – Egyptian Weasel 
       

 References
       
  Expert(s):    
  Expert: Alfred L. Gardner  
  Notes: Curator of North American mammals and Chief of Mammal Section, National Biological Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA   
  Reference for: Mustela    
       
  Expert: W. Christopher Wozencraft  
  Notes: Division of Natural Sciences, Bethel College, 1001 W. McKinley Ave., Mishawaka, IN 46545   
  Reference for: Mustela    
       
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Notes:    
  Reference for: Mustela   
       
  Publication(s):    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  ISBN/ISSN:    
  Notes:    
  Reference for: Mustela   
       
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Mustela   
       
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vols. 1 & 2   
  Page(s): 2142   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Notes:    
  Reference for: Mustela   
       

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 Comments
       
  Comment: Comments: Revised by Hall (1951), Youngman (1982), Abramov (1999), and Kurose et al. (2000). Youngman (1982) recognized five and Abramov (1999) recognized nine subgenera. Some have chosen to elevate these groupings to generic status; because of the lack of any comprehensive phylogenetic approach to this problem, they are provisionally recognized here as valid subgenera. Synonyms for species and subspecies principally follow Abramov (1999, pers. comm.)  
 

 

   

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