†family Herpestidae Bonaparte 1845 (mongoose)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Herpestidae

Alternative spelling: Herpestinae

Parent taxon: Aeluroidea according to R. M. Hunt 1998

See also Baker 1992, Hendey 1974, Hunt 1989, Mivart 1882, Morlo et al. 2007, Nowak 1991, Savage 1965 and Taylor 1972

Sister taxa: Anictis, Felidae, Haplogale, Herpestides, Hyaenidae, Nandinia, Palaeoprionodon, Shandgolictis, Stenoplesictinae, Stenoplesictis, Viverridae

Subtaxa: Bdeogale Crossarchus Cynictis Dologale Galerella Galidiinae Helogale Herpestes Herpestinae Ichneumia Kichechia Legetetia Mungos Rhynchogale Suricata Ugandictis Xenogale

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Type: Herpestes

Ecology: ground dwelling insectivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Australia (1 collection), China (2), the Congo-Kinshasa (2), Ethiopia (4), Kenya (7), Libya (2), Niger (1), South Africa (40), Sudan (1), Swaziland (1), Tanzania (5), Zambia (3)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of South Africa (3)

• Pliocene of Ethiopia (4), Morocco (2), South Africa (6), Tanzania (2)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Ethiopia (1), South Africa (1)

• Miocene of Chad (1), China (1), France (1), Kenya (8), Serbia and Montenegro (1), Switzerland (1), Uganda (1)

Total: 102 collections including 153 occurrences

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