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Herpestes javanicus
(Herpestidae)

mongoose

 
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The mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) is a weasel-like animal with small ears, a pointed nose, and a long, brownish body, short legs, and a tail that is as long as its body. Its total length can be just over 2 feet. The mongoose is diurnal (active during the daytime) and sleeps in dens at night. 


What's new?

An invader advances in Hawaii (New York Times)
The recent (2012) discovery of mongoose on Kauai is reported by the New York Times.


Species description or overview

Information about Herpestes javanicus from IUCN's ISSG/GISD
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Herpestes javanicus information
Herpestes javanicus ecology, habitat, dispersal, and management are from The Global Invasive Species Database.

Herpestes javanicus description and ecology from GISD (ISSG)
A species description and information about the ecology of Herpestes javanicus as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Herpestes javanicus information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Herpestes javanicus, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Impacts

Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy (2000) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The status of invasive plants, vertebrates, arthropods, molluscs, and crustaceans, and options for a regional invasive species strategy for the South Pacific are presented in this series of articles from the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 2000.

Invasive predators: A synthesis of the past, present, and future View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Effects of various invasive predators on prey populations are described in a synthesis from USDA APHIS.

Herpestes javanicus impact information from GISD (ISSG)
Impact information regarding Herpestes javanicus as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Control methods

Herpestes javanicus management information from GISD (ISSG)
Management information for Herpestes javanicus as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Distribution

An invader advances in Hawaii (New York Times)
The recent (2012) discovery of mongoose on Kauai is reported by the New York Times.

Distribution of Herpestes javanicus (Viverridae) in the Hawaiian Islands as of 05/98
Distribution of Herpestes javanicus (Viverridae) in the Hawaiian Islands as of 05/98

Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy (2000) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The status of invasive plants, vertebrates, arthropods, molluscs, and crustaceans, and options for a regional invasive species strategy for the South Pacific are presented in this series of articles from the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 2000.

Herpestes javanicus worldwide distribution from GISD (ISSG)
Worldwide distribution information about Herpestes javanicus is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Books

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.

Mammals in Hawaii, second edition
Tomich, P. Quentin. 1986. Mammals in Hawaii, second edition. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Special Publication 76. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press. 375 pp. ISBN: 0-93087-10-2.


In the news

Second mongoose trapped on Kauai
A second mongoose was trapped on Kauai on June 28, 2012, according to Jan TenBruggencate's "Raising Islands" blog.

An invader advances in Hawaii (New York Times)
The recent (2012) discovery of mongoose on Kauai is reported by the New York Times.


Full-text articles

Field notes of Paul H. Baldwin, 1948-1949: Mongoose data sheets, Hawaii National Park
Baldwin, Paul Herbert. 1948. Field notes of Paul H. Baldwin, 1948-1949: Mongoose data sheets, Hawaii National Park.

Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research
Stone, Charles P., Clifford W. Smith, and J. Timothy Tunison (eds.) . 1992. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit. ISBN: 0-8248-1474-6.

Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy
South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Sherley, Greg (ed.) . 2000. Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy. Apia, Samoa: South Pacific Regional Environment Programme. ISBN: 982-04-0214-X.

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.

Phenology, reproductive potential, seed dispersal and predation, and seedling establishment of three invasive plant species in a Hawaiian rain forest
Medeiros, A.C. 2004. Phenology, reproductive potential, seed dispersal and predation, and seedling establishment of three invasive plant species in a Hawaiian rain forest. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.


Experts

Herpestes javanicus contacts from GISD (ISSG)
Contact information for experts on Herpestes javanicus as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Other resources

Phenology, reproductive potential, seed dispersal and predation, and seedling establishment of three invasive plant species in a Hawaiian rain forest
After rain forest of Haleakala National Park was fenced in the late 1980s, native vegetation responded vigorously yet three problematic plant invaders (Clidemia hirta, Hedychium gardnerianum, and Psidium cattleianum) continued to spread unabated and became of great concern to Park managers. This contribution provides a quantitative assessment of crucial life history junctures (quantitative phenology, reproductive potential, seed dispersal, seed predation, seedling establishment) to assist Haleakala NP and other managers of Hawaiian rain forests. It also provides detailed information for potentially identifying key characteristics in prevention, rapid response, and prioritization of incoming invasive species. (This document is the 2004 Ph.D. dissertation of Dr. Arthur C. Medeiros for the Department of Zoology at the University of Hawaii.)

Field notes of Paul H. Baldwin, 1948-1949: Mongoose data sheets, Hawaii National Park
Baldwin, Paul Herbert. 1948. Field notes of Paul H. Baldwin, 1948-1949: Mongoose data sheets, Hawaii National Park.

Herpestes javanicus references from GISD (ISSG)
References regarding Herpestes javanicus as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


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