Mongoose Hybrids

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Galerella nigrata [Slender Mongoose]
× Galerella sanguinea (♀) [Black Mongoose] ENHR (northwestern Namibia and southern Angola). Approximately 20% of samples collected from black mongoose were thought to be hybrids, based on what appeared to be intermediate morphological characteristics. Hybrids from regions of overlap combined genes otherwise present only present only separately in either nigrata or sanguinea. The consistent presence of black mongoose mtDNA in hybrids indicates that the cross is strongly directional, with female black mongooses mating with slender mongoose males. Rapson et al. 2012.

Galerella sanguinea [Black Mongoose] See: Galerella nigrata.

Herpestes edwardsii [Indian Grey Mongoose]
× Herpestes ichneumon (♂) [Egyptian Mongoose] CHR. DRS. Edinburgh Zoo (Scotland) had three pairs of twin hybrids and a set of triplets in 1961. One, a female, was still alive in 1970. Gray 1972; International Zoo Yearbook 1963.

Herpestes ichneumon [Egyptian Mongoose] See: Herpestes edwardsii.

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By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).

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