Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vols. 1 & 2
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Comments: Commonly included in Mustela, separated accordingly to Abramov (1999). There are significant differences between the American mink and Mustela (and other Mustelidae) according to cytogenetic and biochemical data. The level of these differences is higher then differences among Mustela species (Belyaev et al., 1980; Brinck et al., 1983; Graphodatsky et al., 1976; Kurose et al., 2000; Lushnikova et al., 1989; Taranin et al., 1991). The analyses by Graphodatsky et al. (1976), Youngman (1982), a...
Baryshnikov and Abramov (1997) proposed Neovison as a subgenus of Mustela under the belief that subgenus Mustela (Vison) Gray, 1843 could not be used for North American mink/weasels; Abramov (2000) elevated Vison to generic status. However, Harding & Smith (2009:639) argue that Vison can be applied to this group, and has priority if Mustela vison, M. frenata, M. felipei, and M. africana are recognized to comprise a genus separate from Mustela. 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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