Hog badger

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Hog badger
Arctonyx collaris - Sterndale.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Mustelinae
Genus: Arctonyx
Binomial name
Arctonyx collaris
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Where the Hog badger is found

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).[1]

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.

Subspecies:[2]

  • Greater hog badger A. c. collaris (Cuvier, 1825) – lives in the eastern Himalayas;[3]
  • Northern hog badger A. c. albogularis – appears in southern China[3]
  • Chinese hog badger A. c. leucolaemus – appears in northern China;[3]
  • Sumatran hog badger A. c. hoevenii – lives in Sumatra;
  • Indochinese hog badger A. c. dictator – lives in southern Thailand and Indochina;[3]
  • Burmese hog badger A. c. consul – appears from Assam to Myanmar.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Boitani, L. (1984). Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mammals. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-671-42805-1
  2. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 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.