Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the suborder Feliformia — the mongooses.

Etymologies

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Herpestes +‎ -idae

Examples

  • A subfossil record of Galidictis grandidieri (Herpestidae: Galidiinae) from southwestern Madagascar.

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  • Though classified conventionally as viveriids they are actually part of an endemic Magadascan clade located at the base of Herpestidae.

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  • any of the viverrid mammals that comprise two subfamilies (Herpestinae and Galidiinae) often grouped in a separate family (Herpestidae), that include agile ferret-sized mammals sometimes with bands or stripes, and that feed on small animals and fruits

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