Ethiopian dwarf mongoose

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Ethiopian dwarf mongoose
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Helogale
H. hirtula
Binomial name
Helogale hirtula
Thomas, 1904
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Ethiopian dwarf mongoose range

The Ethiopian dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula), also known as the desert dwarf mongoose or Somali dwarf mongoose, is a mongoose found in eastern Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

The Ethiopian dwarf mongoose will send out warning calls to its family if a predator is detected. They have also been known to produce general alarm calls when danger is not present. These calls have different pitches which indicate different levels of urgency for the family. A study of dwarf mongoose suggested that they could convey the predator's species, distance and elevation to the family all through alarm calls.[2]


  • Helogale hirtula hirtula
  • Helogale hirtula ahlselli
  • Helogale hirtula annulata
  • Helogale hirtula lutescens
  • Helogale hirtula powelli


  1. ^ Kingdon, J.; Van Rompaey, J. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). "Helogale hirtula". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  2. ^ Collier, Katie; Radford, Andrew N.; Townsend, Simon W.; Manser, Marta B. (Summer 2017). "Wild dwarf mongoose produce general alert and predator-specific alarm calls". Behavioral Ecology. 28: 1293–1301. doi:10.1093/beheco/arx091 – via Science Citation Index [SCI] - ISI Web of Knowledge.

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