Long-nosed mongoose

Long-nosed mongoose[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Subfamily: Herpestinae
Genus: Herpestes
Species: H. naso
Binomial name
Herpestes naso
de Winton, 1901
Long-nosed mongoose range

The long-nosed mongoose (Herpestes naso) is a mongoose native to Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Niger, and Tanzania.[2]


The long-nosed mongoose primary habitat lies in the southeast Nigeria to Gabon and through Zaire. The long-nose mongoose lives near and around marshy habitats which allows them to feed on freshwater animals around their environment. The long-nose mongoose is dependent on a watery environment.[3]


According to the Encyclopedia of Mammals, the long-nose mongoose is a solitary mongoose, unlike other mongooses that form in packs. As such that, there is less competition for the mongoose yet it will more likely be an easier prey for other animals as opposed to those that form packs. The long-nosed mongoose is also a nocturnal animal which means they do their activities during the night.[4]


There are no animalistic major threats for the long nose mongoose, however there are other factors that threaten this mongoose. Human factors such as forest fragmentation, mining, and burn farming all are endanger the species habitat.[5]


  1. Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. 1 2 Van Rompaey, H.; Ray, J. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). "Herpestes naso". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  3. Reeves, Randall; Patterson, Bruce; Veron, Geraldine (2008). "Global Diversity of Mammals (Mammalia) in Freshwater".
  4. Macdonald, David (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York,NY.
  5. Rompaey, Van; H., Ray; Hoffman, J. "Long Nosed Mongoose". www.iucnredlist.org.
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