The diet of feral Herpestes auropunctatus (Carnivora: Viverridae) in the Fijian Islands


  • Martyn L. Gorman

    1. School of Natural Resources, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji
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    • *The University of Aberdeen, Department of Zoology, Aberdeen, Scotland.


On the basis of scat analysis, the diet of the mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus is described for animals living in a variety of habitats on Viti Levu, Fiji. The species eats a wide variety of vertebrate, invertebrate and plant food. Although introduced to Fiji in an attempt to control rodents, the mongoose has had little success in this respect. However, as a result of predation it may have had an adverse effect on various members of the native fauna.