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Meerkats Climb To Hide From Predators
2013-02-05 18:13:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Meerkat Predator-Scanning Behaviour Is Altruistic ] In studying the behaviors of animals, biologists are often looking to see if a species exhibits more individualistic or collectivist tendencies in their typical habits. When foraging for food, meerkats often stand on their hind legs or climb to a perch in an attempt to scan for predators and, upon spotting a threat, the animals let out a series of warning...

Vocalizations Of Banded Mongoose Similar To Human Speech
2013-01-11 14:38:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From songbirds to humans, many animals use complex vocalizations to communicate amongst their own species, and a new study from the University of Zurich found that even the monosyllabic calls of the banded mongoose are structured and similar to our own speech. The biologists´ report in the latest edition of the open access journal BMC Biology is the first to show animals communicating with sound units shorter than a syllable....

2012-08-09 10:30:50

A novel methodology shows that Wild meerkats engage in nine separate learning processes during foraging, and this method may provide general insight into learning mechanisms for groups of animals and culture development. The full report is published Aug. 8 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The researchers, led by William Hoppitt of the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, presented wild meerkats with a novel foraging TASK to investigate the animals' learning mechanisms. They...

2011-05-27 03:00:00

LONDON, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Josh Mitchell, a 22 year old International Hospitality graduate from UWIC University, Cardiff has today been unveiled as the UK's first official meerkat ambassador, beating five other shortlisted candidates and earning himself 40,000 pounds* for the six month role. The ambassadorial role generated over 1,500 applications around the country and was the brainchild of comparethemeerkat.com founder and best-selling author Aleksandr Orlov. Josh's new role...

2011-05-11 03:00:00

LONDON, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Meerkats show off their vocal talents in the latest comparethemeerkat advert, which aired this week. To the melody of the children's song, "The wheels on the bus..." a young meerkat choir sings an impassioned protest song, describing how they have been affected by people searching incorrectly online for comparethemarket and cheap car insurance. The ad, which aired on Sunday 1 May 2011, is the fifth instalment in the latest series of TV and radio...

2011-01-19 03:00:00

LONDON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The UK's love of meerkats has been demonstrated once again with online visitors flocking to a new digital meerkat village, meerkovo.com. After just a few days of going live, the new site - which showcases comparethemeerkat.com founder Aleksandr Orlov's home town of Meerkovo - is already attracting tens of thousands of visitors daily. This follows the success of Aleksandr's autobiography, A Simples Life, which became a Sunday Times bestseller....

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2010-06-15 10:14:23

A groundbreaking study of banded mongooses in Uganda has shown even small-brained animals pass on traditions, giving a valuable insight into how complex human culture could have evolved. Scientists from the University of Exeter's School of Biosciences studied five groups of banded mongooses, one of them made famous in the BBC TV series Banded Brothers: The Mongoose Mob. Their pioneering research observed the animals passing on traditions (namely foraging preferences) from one generation to...

2010-06-03 16:37:38

For the passing on of traditions, it appears that an especially big brain isn't required. A new report published online on June 3rd in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that even mongooses in the wild carry out traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. "Our study is, to my knowledge, the first to provide strong evidence that foraging specializations are not only long-lived in wild animals but are also transmitted from adults to young through social...

2009-02-20 09:55:54

An article by Princeton Biologist Mark Laidre suggests that when an animal signals an intent to attack, chances are it's not bluffing. Using hermit crabs as subjects, Laidre tested previous mathematical models that predict animals have a significant incentive to give dishonest signals about their intentions. Some models suggest that animals may lie about their intentions up to 40 percent of the time. Laidre used dummy hermit crabs to invade the personal space of live crabs. Contrary to the...

2008-06-15 00:00:08

Two meerkats pose for the camera yesterday in in their new enclosure at Tropical World in Leeds - in readiness to become stars on the internet. The creatures at the Roundhay Park attraction have been getting used to life in a specially-built home - with everything they would expect in their natural desert habitat, before making their online debut. And, all the action in the expansive toughened glass enclosure will be available for anyone to see - on the Leeds City Council website. The...


Latest Mongooses Reference Libraries

Crab-eating Mongoose, Herpestes urva
2012-11-16 13:32:25

The crab-eating mongoose (Herpestes urva) is a mammal that can be found in east and Southeast Asia. Its range includes southern China, Nepal, Myanmar, and northeastern India, as well as areas Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. This species is active mainly at night, spending a good percentage of their time in water or near water and other moist areas. It is slender in appearance, with a short tail and hairy feet. Its fur is typically grey on the upper side and lighter on...

Ruddy Mongoose, Herpestes smithii
2012-11-07 14:31:45

The ruddy mongoose (Herpestes smithii) is native to Sri Lanka and India. It prefers a habitat within forested areas, but can sometimes be found in open fields. It holds two subspecies throughout its range, with one occurring in Sri Lanka and the other occurring in India. This species resembles the Indian gray mongoose, although it is larger and has a longer, black tipped tail. As is similar to mongoose species, it hunts during the daytime and nighttime. In Sri Lanka, this mongoose is called...

Indian Gray Mongoose, Herpestes edwardsii
2012-11-05 15:33:13

The Indian gray mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii), also known as the common gray mongoose, occurs in many areas of southern Asia, although it does appear in other areas of Asia. Its range includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It prefers a habitat within open forested areas, and scrublands, but can also be found in human populated areas like cultivated fields. This species is often kept as pets and can be found on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”...

Common Dwarf Mongoose, Helogale parvula
2012-11-05 15:29:32

The common dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula), also known simply as the dwarf mongoose, is native to Africa. Its range extends from East Africa to Central Africa, south to Transvaal, and from Ethiopia and Eritrea. It prefers a habitat within open forests, arid grasslands, and bushlands at elevations of up to 6,561 feet. It is often seen in areas with termite mounds, where it likes to sleep, and can also be seen in areas with humans. It does not reside in extremely arid habitats or in forests...

Cape Grey Mongoose, Galerella pulverulenta
2012-11-05 11:18:06

The Cape grey mongoose (Galerella pulverulenta), also known as the small grey mongoose, is native to southern Africa. Until recently, it was thought to occur only in the Cape Province, but now it is known to inhabit other areas of South Africa, with a northern range that stretches into Angola. It prefers a habitat in areas with green vegetation like semi-arid scrublands and forested areas.  It has not been found in grassland areas, however, and is commonly seen under human structures. The...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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