Hog badger

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Hog badger
Hog badger in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Melinae
Genus: Arctonyx
Cuvier, 1825
A. collaris
Binomial name
Arctonyx collaris
Cuvier, 1825
Hog badger range

The hog badger (Arctonyx collaris) is a species of badger. They are found in central and southeast Asia. It is listed as near threatened.

Characteristics[change | change source]

It has medium-length brown hair, stocky body, white throat, two black stripes on face and a pink, pig-like snout. The head-and-body length is 55–70 cm (22–28 in) and it`s body weight is 7–14 kg (15–31 lb).[4]

Its tail has long white hairs. Its front feet have white claws.

Distribution and habitat[change | change source]

Hog badgers are common in Thailand and in tropical evergreen forests and grasslands of the Terai in north-eastern India. They appear in Indochina and in southern China.


  • Greater hog badger A. c. collaris (Cuvier, 1825) – lives in the eastern Himalayas;[6]
  • Northern hog badger A. c. albogularis – appears in southern China[6]
  • Chinese hog badger A. c. leucolaemus – appears in northern China;[6]
  • Sumatran hog badger A. c. hoevenii – lives in Sumatra;
  • Indochinese hog badger A. c. dictator – lives in southern Thailand and Indochina;[6]
  • Burmese hog badger A. c. consul – appears from Assam to Myanmar.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Duckworth, J.W.; Timmins, R.J.; Chutipong, W.; Gray, T.N.E.; Long, B.; Helgen, K.; Rahman, H.; Choudhury, A. & Willcox, D.H.A. (2016). "Arctonyx collaris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T70205537A45209459. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. Koepfli KP, Deere KA, Slater GJ, Begg C, Begg K, Grassman L, Lucherini M, Veron G, Wayne RK (February 2008). "Multigene phylogeny of the Mustelidae: Resolving relationships, tempo and biogeographic history of a mammalian adaptive radiation". BMC Biology. 6: 10. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-6-10. PMC 2276185. PMID 18275614.
  3. Yu L, Peng D, Liu J, Luan P, Liang L, Lee H, Lee M, Ryder OA, Zhang Y (2011). "On the phylogeny of Mustelidae subfamilies: analysis of seventeen nuclear non-coding loci and mitochondrial complete genomes". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11 (1): 92. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-92. PMC 3088541. PMID 21477367.
  4. Boitani, L. (1984). Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mammals. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-671-42805-1
  5. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Ellerman J.R. and Morrison-Scott T.C.S. (1966). Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian mammals 1758 to 1946. Second edition. British Museum of Natural History, London. Pages 274–275.