Colombian weasel

Colombian weasel

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Subfamily
Genus
SPECIES
Mustela felipei
WEIGHT
120-150 g
LENGTH
28-38 cm

The Colombian weasel, also known as Don Felipe's weasel, is a very rare species of weasel only known with certainty from the departments of Huila and Cauca in Colombia and nearby northern Ecuador . Both its scientific and alternative common name honours the mammalogist Philip "Don Felipe" Hershkovitz. It appears to be largely restricted to riparian habitats at an altitude of 1,100 to 2,700 m . There is extensive deforestation within its limited distribution within the northern Andes of Colombia and Ecuador, and with less than 10 known specimens, it is probably the rarest carnivoran in South America. It is considered vulnerable by the IUCN. It is the second-smallest living carnivoran on average, being only slightly larger than the least weasel and slightly smaller than the stoat or ermine . The upperparts and tail are blackish-brown, while the underparts are orange-buff. The species was formerly only known from specimens until the first photo of a living individual was taken in 2011 by an amateur naturalist who found one trapped in his parents' house; the weasel subsequently escaped to the outdoors. The image was uploaded to iNaturalist in 2018, where it gained widespread attention.

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Ca

Carnivore

In

Insectivores

Pi

Piscivores

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

Se

Semiaquatic

Mo

Monogamy

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

C

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Biogeographical realms

Colombian weasel habitat map

Climate zones

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
200 to 300 days
BABY CARRYING
6 to 8
INDEPENDENT AGE
2 to 3 months

References

1. Colombian weasel Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombian_weasel
2. Colombian weasel on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/14026/45201088

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