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Temporal range: Oligocene to present
Herpestes edwardsii at Hyderaba.jpg
Herpestes edwardsii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Herpestes
Illiger, 1811

Herpestes is a genus of the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the type genus of the family. It contains the following ten species, with a number of subspecies, and one extinct species:[1]

  • Short-tailed mongoose, Herpestes brachyurus
    • H. b. brachyurus
    • H. b. hosei (by some considered a species, Hose's mongoose Herpestes hosei)[2]
    • H. b. javanensis
    • H. b. palawanus
    • H. b. parvus
    • H. b. sumatrius
  • Indian gray mongoose, Herpestes edwardsi
    • H. e. edwardsi
    • H. e. ferrugineus
    • H. e. lanka
    • H. e. montanus
    • H. e. nyula
  • Indian brown mongoose, Herpestes fuscus
    • H. f. fuscus
    • H. f. flavidens
    • H. f. maccarthiae
    • H. f. rubidior
    • H. f. siccatus
  • Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon
    • H. i. ichneumon
    • H. i. angolensis
    • H. i. cafra
    • H. i. centralis
    • H. i. funestus
    • H. i. mababiensis
    • H. i. numidicus
    • H. i. parvidens
    • H. i. sabiensis
    • H. i. sangronizi
    • H. i. widdringtonii
  • Small Asian mongoose, Herpestes javanicus
    • H. j. javanicus
    • H. j. auropunctatus
    • H. j. exilis
    • H. j. orientalis
    • H. j. pallipes
    • H. j. palustris (Bengal mongoose)
    • H. j. peninsulae
    • H. j. perakensis
    • H. j. rafflesii
    • H. j. rubrifrons
    • H. j. siamensis
    • H. j. tjerapai
  • Long-nosed mongoose Herpestes naso
  • Collared mongoose, Herpestes semitorquatus
    • H. semitorquatus semitorquatus
    • H. s. uniformis
  • Ruddy mongoose, Herpestes smithii
    • H. smithii smithii
    • H. s. thysanurus
    • H. s. zeylanius
  • Crab-eating mongoose, Herpestes urva
    • H. u. urva
    • H. u. annamensis
    • H. u. formosanus
    • H. u. sinensis
  • Stripe-necked mongoose, Herpestes vitticollis
    • H. v. vitticollis
    • H. v. inornatus
  • Herpestes lemanensis (†=extinct)


  1. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). "Herpestes". Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Francis, C.M. & Payne, J. (1985). A field guide to the mammals of Borneo. Malaysia: Sabah Society

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