Indonesian mountain weasel

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Indonesian mountain weasel
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Mustela
M. lutreolina
Binomial name
Mustela lutreolina
Indonesian mountain weasel range

The Indonesian mountain weasel (Mustela lutreolina) is a type of weasel. It lives on the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia at altitudes of over 1,000 metres (3,280 ft). They live in mountainous, tropical, and rainforest areas. Indonesian mountain weasels can grow up to 11–12 inches. They are reddish-brown in color.[2]

Description[change | change source]

The Indonesian mountain weasel is usually between 279 m and 321 m long. The tail is about 136 mm to 170 mm long.[3]

Reproduction[change | change source]

Indonesian mountain weasels reach sexual maturity at one year. Their breeding season is believed to be between March and May. They have a gestation period of about 30 days. The young ones are born blind and with very little fur. At the age of one month, the pups eyes open. At the age of two months, they will be weaned.[3]

Conservation status[change | change source]

Indonesian mountain weasels are endangered because they are they only live in a very small area and because not much is known about them. They are among the rarest type of weasel. They are threatened by habitat fragmentation.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Duckworth, J.W.; Barney, L. & Abramov, A. (2008). "Mustela lutreolina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of data deficient
  2. Alexei Abramov (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; Group, William Duckworth (IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist; Group), IUCN SSC Deer Specialist; Group), Erik Meijaard (IUCN SSC Wild Pig Specialist; Asia), James Eaton (Birdtour; Holden, Jeremy; Long (WWF-US), Barney (2015-03-03). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Mustela lutreolina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunt, Amelia. "Mustela lutreolina (Indonesian mountain weasel)". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 2020-09-04.