The stripe-backed weasel Mustela strigidorsa: taxonomy, ecology, distribution and status
Article first published online: 27 MAY 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Mammal Society
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 247–266, October 2008
How to Cite
ABRAMOV, A. V., DUCKWORTH, J. W., WANG, Y. X. and ROBERTON, S. I. (2008), The stripe-backed weasel Mustela strigidorsa: taxonomy, ecology, distribution and status. Mammal Review, 38: 247–266. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2008.00115.x
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 27 MAY 2008
- Submitted 28 February 2006; returned for revision 21 December 2006; revision accepted 20 September 2007; Editor: AS
- conservation status;
- geographical distribution;
- 1The stripe-backed weasel Mustela strigidorsa is one of the rarest and least-known mustelids in the world. Its phylogenetic relationships with other Mustela species remain controversial, though several unique morphological features distinguish it from congeners.
- 2It probably lives mainly in evergreen forests in hills and mountains, but has also been recorded from plains forest, dense scrub, secondary forest, grassland and farmland. Known sites range in altitude from 90 m to 2500 m. Data are insufficient to distinguish between habitat and altitudes which support populations, and those where only dispersing animals may occur.
- 3It has been confirmed from many localities in north-east India, north and central Myanmar, south China, north Thailand, north and central Laos, and north and central Vietnam. Given the limited survey effort, the number of recent records shows that the species is not as rare as hitherto believed. Neither specific nor urgent conservation needs are apparent.