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Melogale moschata (Chinese Ferret-badger)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Chinese ferret-badger (Melogale moschata), also known as the small-toothed ferret-badger is a member of the Mustelidae, and widely distributed in Southeast Asia. It is listed as Least Concern by IUCN and considered tolerant of modified habitat.
View Wikipedia Record: Melogale moschata


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Melogale moschata moschata (Chinese ferret badger)
Melogale moschata sorella (Chinese ferret badger)
Melogale moschata subaurantiaca (Chinese ferret badger)
Melogale moschata taxilla (Chinese ferret badger)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 10.16
EDGE Score: 2.41


Adult Weight [1]  1.482 lbs (672 g)
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore
Diet - Endothermic [2]  30 %
Diet - Fruit [2]  30 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  40 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Litter Size [1]  3
Maximum Longevity [1]  19 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Indo-Burma Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam No
Mountains of Southwest China China, Myanmar No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Chrysolophus pictus (Golden Pheasant)1
Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Greenhouse thrip)1
Martes flavigula (Yellow-throated Marten)5
Paguma larvata (Masked Palm Civet)6


Parasitized by 
Paragonimus westermani <Unverified Name>[5]
Pulex irritans (human flea)[6]
Schistosoma japonicum <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Taipei Zoo
Zoological Garden Prague

Range Map


Southern Asia;

External References



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
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, 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
4Frugivory and seed dispersal by a small carnivore, the Chinese ferret-badger, Melogale moschata, in a fragmented subtropical forest of central China, You-Bing Zhou, Liang Zhang, Yayoi Kaneko, Chris Newman, Xiao-Ming Wang, Forest Ecology and Management 255 (2008) 1595–1603
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
6International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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