Raccoon Hybrids

Raccoons and Coatimundis

Family Procyonidae

coatimundi

EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD GENETICS

     
Procyon lotor
Northern Raccoon
(Procyon lotor)

Procyon lotor
Coatimundi
(Nasua nasua)

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Nasua sp.[Coatimundi] See the separate article “Virginia Opossum × Coatimundi.”

Nasua narica [White-nosed Coatimundi]
× Nasua nelsoni [Dwarf Coatimundi] The endangered dwarf coatimundi, an animal endemic to the island of Cozumel, is threatened by hybridization with escaped mainland white-nosed coatimundis brought to the island as pets. McFadden 2004.

Nasua nelsoni [Dwarf Coatimundi] See: Nasua narica.

Procyon lotor [Northern Raccoon]
× Felis catus [Domestic Cat] See the separate article Northern Raccoon × Domestic Cat.”
× Procyon cancrivorus [Crab-eating Raccoon] These two raccoons are extremely similar. In fact, though they have long been treated as separate species, the only apparent difference between them is that the northern raccoon has longer hair. They come into potential breeding contact in Panama and adjacent Costa Rica. And since the two are so similar, almost certainly, any hybrids would be undetectable without genetic testing. But it seems nearly certain that they do hybridize in the zone of contact, since many other mammals, far more distinct than they, are known to hybridize in a natural setting.
× Procyon pygmaeus [Pygmy Raccoon | Cozumel Raccoon] The critically endangered pygmy raccoon, which is endemic to the island of Cozumel, is threatened by hybridization with escaped mainland northern raccoons brought to the island as pets. McFadden 2004.
× Vulpes vulpes [Red Fox] See the separate article Northern Raccoon × Red Fox.”

Procyon cancrivorus [Crab-eating Raccoon] See: Procyon lotor.

Procyon pygmaeus [Pygmy Raccoon | Cozumel Raccoon] See: Procyon lotor.

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


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