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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): Neovison Baryshnikov and Abramov, 1997
    Grammogale Cabrera, 1940
    Lutreola Wagner, 1841
    Putorius Cuvier, 1817
    Vison Gray, 1843
  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: 2018   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      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:  
                                              SpeciesMustela africana Desmarest, 1818 – tropical weasel, Amazon Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela altaica Pallas, 1811 – Mountain Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758 – Ermine, hermine 
                                              SpeciesMustela eversmanii Lesson, 1827 – Steppe Polecat 
                                              SpeciesMustela felipei Izor and de la Torre, 1978 – Colombian Weasel, Don Felipe's Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela frenata Lichtenstein, 1831 – Long-tailed Weasel, belette à longue queue, Comadreja cola larga 
                                              SpeciesMustela itatsi Temminck, 1844 – Japanese Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela kathiah Hodgson, 1835 – Yellow-bellied Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela lutreola (Linnaeus, 1761) – European Mink 
                                              SpeciesMustela lutreolina Robinson and Thomas, 1917 – Indonesian Mountain Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela macrodon (Prentis, 1903) – Sea Mink 
                                              SpeciesMustela nigripes (Audubon and Bachman, 1851) – Black-footed Ferret 
                                              SpeciesMustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766 – Least Weasel, belette pygmée 
                                              SpeciesMustela nudipes Desmarest, 1822 – Malayan Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela putorius Linnaeus, 1758 – European Polecat 
                                              SpeciesMustela sibirica Pallas, 1773 – Siberian Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela strigidorsa Gray, 1853 – Back-striped Weasel, Stripe-backed Weasel 
                                              SpeciesMustela vison Schreber, 1777 – American Mink, mink, vison d'Amérique 

  Expert: Alan Shabel   
  Notes: Continuing Lecturer, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA   
  Reference for: Mustela    
  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   
  Reference for: Mustela   
  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   
  Reference for: Mustela   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Harding, Larisa E., and Felisa A. Smith   
  Publication Date: 2009   
  Article/Chapter Title: Mustela or Vison? Evidence for the taxonomic status of the American mink and a distinct biogeographic radiation of American weasels   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 52, no. 3   
  Page(s): 632-642   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1055-7903   
  Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.05.036   
  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   
  Reference for: Mustela   

 Geographic Information
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  Comment: Harding and Smith (2009:639) note that the American Mink (treated as Neovison vison in Wilson and Reeder eds. 2005), together with America weasels M. frenata, felipei, and africana, represents a New World radiation distinct from Eurasian Mustela. They propose these species be recognized as a genus separate from Mustela, arguing that, despite an earlier claim that it could not be used for a North American group, the senior available & applicable genus name for the group should be Vison Gray, 1843. Since Harding & Smith also argued that additional studies should be undertaken before taking this action, ITIS is currently recognizing both the New World and Old World radiations of Mustela in genus Mustela pending further research  



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