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Bassariscus astutus (Ringtail)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a mammal of the raccoon family (thus not actually a cat), native to arid regions of North America. It is also known as the ringtail cat, ring-tailed cat, miner's cat or bassarisk, and is also sometimes mistakenly called a "civet cat" (after similar, though unrelated, cat-like omnivores of Asia and Africa). The ringtail is sometimes called a cacomistle, though this term seems to be more often used to refer to Bassariscus sumichrasti.
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Infraspecies

Bassariscus astutus arizonensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus astutus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus bolei (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus consitus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus flavus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus insulicola (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus macdougalli (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus nevadensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus octavus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus palmarius (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus raptor (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus saxicola (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus willetti (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus yumanensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
6
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
30
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 13.89
EDGE Score: 2.7

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  2.24 lbs (1.02 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  30 grams
Female Maturity [1]  10 months
Male Maturity [1]  10 months
Diet [2]  Omnivore
Gestation [1]  52 days
Litter Size [1]  3
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  19 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  42 days

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Arizona Mountains forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Baja California desert Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Bajío dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Balsas dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
California Central Valley grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
California coastal sage and chaparral Mexico, United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
California interior chaparral and woodlands United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
California montane chaparral and woodlands United States Nearctic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Central and Southern Cascades forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Central and Southern mixed grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Central forest-grasslands transition United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Central Mexican matorral Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Central Pacific coastal forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests  
Chihuahuan desert Mexico, United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Colorado Plateau shrublands United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Colorado Rockies forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
East Central Texas forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Eastern Cascades forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Edwards Plateau savanna United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Flint Hills tall grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Great Basin montane forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Great Basin shrub steppe United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Gulf of California xeric scrub Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Jalisco dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Klamath-Siskiyou forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Meseta Central matorral Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Mississippi lowland forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Mojave desert United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Northern California coastal forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Northern Mesoamerican Pacific mangroves Mexico Neotropic Mangroves    
Oaxacan montane forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Ozark Mountain forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Piney Woods forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
San Lucan xeric scrub Mexico Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Sierra de la Laguna dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Sierra de la Laguna pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sierra Juarez and San Pedro Martir pine-oak forests Mexico Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Sierra Madre de Oaxaca pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sierra Madre del Sur pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sierra Madre Occidental pine-oak forests Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sierra Madre Oriental pine-oak forests Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sierra Nevada forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Sinaloan dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Sonoran desert Mexico, United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Sonoran-Sinaloan transition subtropical dry forest Mexico Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Southern Pacific dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Tamaulipan matorral Mexico Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Tamaulipan mezquital Mexico, United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Tehuacán Valley matorral Mexico Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Texas blackland prairies United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Veracruz dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Veracruz moist forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Veracruz montane forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Wasatch and Uinta montane forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Western Gulf Coastal grasslands Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands  
Western short grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Wyoming Basin shrub steppe United States Nearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Rio Colorado Biosphere Reserve VI 2320468 Sonora, Mexico  
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA III 184543 California, United States
Arches National Park II 76539 Utah, United States
Aztec Ruins National Monument V 321 New Mexico, United States
Bandelier National Monument V 8107 New Mexico, United States
Beaver Creek Biosphere Reserve 275028 Arizona, United States  
Big Bend Biosphere Reserve National Park II 815561 Texas, United States
Big Thicket Biosphere Reserve National Park II 616880 Texas, United States
Bishop Pine Preserve   California, United States  
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park II 12551 Colorado, United States
Bryce Canyon National Park II 36348 Utah, United States
California Coast Ranges Biosphere Reserve 153447 California, United States  
Canyonlands National Park II 335430 Utah, United States
Capital Reef National Park II 243722 Utah, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States
Chiricahua National Monument V 1421 Arizona, United States
Colorado National Monument III 20420 Colorado, United States
Coronado National Monument National Memorial III 4360 Arizona, United States
Crater Lake National Park II 180091 Oregon, United States
Death Valley National Park II 762125 California, Nevada, United States
Dinosaur National Monument III 203307 Colorado, Utah, United States
Dye Creek Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 38152 California, United States  
El Malpais National Monument III 109980 New Mexico, United States
El Morro National Monument V 960 New Mexico, United States
Elkhorn Slough Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 964 California, United States  
Fairfield Osborn Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 190 California, United States
Fort Bowie National Historic Site III 1004 Arizona, United States
Fort Davis National Historic Site   Texas, United States
Grand Canyon National Park II 1210128 Arizona, United States
Great Basin National Park II 77367 Nevada, United States
Guadalupe Mountains National Park II 46114 Texas, United States
Hamilton Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 52 California, United States  
Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Range Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 7008 California, United States
Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park II 224456 Mexico State, Mexico
Jackson Demonstration State Forest   California, United States
Jornada Biosphere Reserve Ib 30913 New Mexico, United States
Joshua Tree National Park II 305076 California, United States
Lake Mead National Recreation Area V 670229 Arizona, Nevada, United States
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area V   Texas, United States
Landels-Hill Big Creek Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 45 California, United States
Lanphere-Christensen Dunes Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 471 California, United States  
Lassen Volcanic National Park II 29388 California, United States
McCloud River Preserve Conservation Easement 1693 California, United States
Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve 5901 California, United States  
Montezuma Castle National Monument V 872 Arizona, United States
Nipomo Dunes Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve Ia 3725 California, United States
Oregon Caves National Monument V 456 Oregon, United States
Organ Pipe Cactus Biosphere Reserve 327376 Arizona, United States  
Petrified Forest National Park II 44522 Arizona, United States
Philip L. Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center 6101 California, United States
Pinnacles National Monument V 2869 California, United States
Pipe Spring National Monument V 41 Arizona, United States
Point Reyes National Seashore II 27068 California, United States
Redwood National Park II 77867 California, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera El Cielo Biosphere Reserve 353161 Mexico  
Reserva de la Biosfera El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve VI 6176727 Mexico  
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve VI 955579 Queretaro, Mexico  
Reserva de Mapimi Biosphere Reserve VI 849819 Chihuahua, Mexico  
Saguaro National Park II 11686 Arizona, United States
San Dimas Biosphere Reserve 17161 California, United States  
San Francisco Peninsular Watershed County Wildlife Refuge or Management Area 30320 California, United States  
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area V 38440 California, United States
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve II 172261 California, United States
Sevilleta LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research IV 228335 New Mexico, United States
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument V 3049 Arizona, United States
Walnut Canyon National Monument V 3386 Arizona, United States
Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area V 197791 California, United States
White Sands National Monument III 139922 New Mexico, United States
Wupatki National Monument III 36098 Arizona, United States
Yosemite National Park II 95209 California, United States
Zion National Park II 135667 Utah, United States

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Emblem of

Arizona

Prey / Diet

Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Bilberry Cactus)[3]
Otospermophilus variegatus (rock squirrel)[4]
Peromyscus difficilis (Zacatecan deer mouse)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)1
Calothorax pulcher (Beautiful Sheartail)1
Campylorhynchus jocosus (Boucard's Wren)1
Canis latrans (Coyote)1
Catharus guttatus (Hermit Thrush)1
Crotalus cerberus (viridis)1
Cynanthus sordidus (Dusky Hummingbird)1
Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)1
Icterus parisorum (Scott's Oriole)1
Icterus pustulatus (Streak-backed Oriole)1
Icterus wagleri (Black-vented Oriole)1
Lynx rufus (Bobcat)1
Melanerpes hypopolius (Grey-breasted Woodpecker)1
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)1
Momotus mexicanus (Russet-crowned Motmot)1
Myiarchus cinerascens (Ash-throated Flycatcher)1
Myiarchus nuttingi (Nutting's Flycatcher)1
Myiarchus tuberculifer (Dusky-capped Flycatcher)1
Passerina versicolor (Varied Bunting)1
Peucaea mystacalis (Bridled Sparrow)1
Phainopepla nitens (Phainopepla)1
Pheucticus chrysopeplus (Yellow Grosbeak)1
Pheucticus melanocephalus (Black-headed Grosbeak)1
Picoides scalaris (Ladder-backed Woodpecker)1
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)1
Spinus psaltria (Lesser Goldfinch)1
Sturnira lilium (little yellow-shouldered bat)1
Taxidea taxus (American Badger)1
Toxostoma curvirostre (Curve-billed Thrasher)1
Trogon elegans (Elegant Trogon)1
Tyrannus vociferans (Cassin's Kingbird)1
Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox)2
Zenaida asiatica (White-winged Dove)1

Predators

Puma concolor (Cougar)[6]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight flea)[7]
Macracanthorhynchus ingens[8]
Orchopeas sexdentatus schisintus[7]
Phalacropsylla paradisea[7]
Pulex simulans[7]
Taenia martis <Unverified Name>[9]
Taenia pencei <Unverified Name>[9]
Traubella neotomae[7]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Abilene Zoological Gardens
America's Teaching Zoo
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
 arizonensis
Burger's Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo
Coyote Point Museum
Fort Worth Zoological Park
 flavus
Guadalajara Zooconsitus
Hutchinson Zoo
Moonridge Animal Park
 arizonensis
North Carolina Zoological Park
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Patronato del Parque Zoologico de Leon
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Texas Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Zoo New England, Stone Zoo
ZooAmerica (No. American Wildlife Pk.)
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt

Range Map

Middle America; North America;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774 2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org 3Effectiveness of Dispersal of an Ornithocorous Cactus Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Cactaceae) in a Patchy Environment, Mónica G. Pérez-Villafaña and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, The Open Biology Journal, 2009, 2, 101-113 4Spermophilus variegatus, Emily C. Oaks, Paul J. Young, Gordon L. Kirkland, Jr., and David F. Schmidt, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 272, pp. 1-8 (1987) 5Peromyscus difficilis (Rodentia: Cricetidae), JESUS A. FERNANDEZ, FLORENCIA GARCIA-CAMPUSANO, AND MARK S. HAFNER, MAMMALIAN SPECIES 42(867):220–229 (2010) 6Food niche of Puma concolor in central Mexico, Octavio Monroy-Vilchis, Yuriana Gómez, Mariusz Janczur & Vicente Urios, Wildlife Biology 15: 97-105 (2009) 7International Flea Database 8Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2. 9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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