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2013-01-29 10:05:06

After experiencing years of population decline on the West Coast, a recent study examining fisher populations found that–at least in the southern Sierra Nevada–the animal's numbers appear to be stable. Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and the Pacific Southwest Region collaborated to monitor the distribution of fishers across a 7,606-square-mile area in the southern Sierra Nevada. They used baited track-plate stations–an...

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2009-11-03 07:52:39

The European mink, Mustela lutreola, is a species catalogued as in danger of extinction, due to the large decline in their population over the past century. It is considered to be one of the most endangered mammals, both locally and internationally. The PhD by University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) researcher, Maria Teresa Cabria Garrido, the title of which is Development and application of molecular markers for the study of the biology and the conservation of the European mink, Mustela...

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2008-03-27 13:20:00

During ongoing investigations by an Oregon State University graduate student, the Forest Service, and California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), two additional wolverine photographs were captured this past week. A variety of hair, track and scat samples were also sent for analysis to determine if these were from a wolverine. After the initial photograph of a wolverine was taken by a remote camera on Feb. 28, 2008, in the Tahoe National Forest, researchers, biologists and volunteers...


Latest Mustelidae Reference Libraries

Stink Badger, Mydaus
2013-01-01 15:02:03

The stink badger (Mydaus) is a genus of mammals that contains two species that are not true badgers. These belong in the skunk family Mephitidae. The two species within this genus are known as the Palawan stink badger and the Sunda stink badger, which is also known as the Teledu. These species can be found on the islands of the Malay Archipelago, including Java, Borneo, and Sumatra. The Palawan stink badger also appears on many small islands in its range and the Philippine island of Palawan,...

Steppe Polecat, Mustela eversmanii
2013-01-01 14:56:56

The steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii), also known as the masked polecat or the white polecat, is a member of the Mustelidae family that is native to Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia. It is a nomadic species, moving across its large range to follow its main prey item of ground squirrels. This species holds five recognized subspecies, and one extinct subspecies known as M. e. michnoi. The steppe polecat is similar in appearance to the European polecat, but its body is longer due...

Burmese Ferret-badger, Melogale personata
2013-01-01 14:04:29

The Burmese ferret-badger or the large-toothed ferret-badger (Melogale personata) can be found in Thailand, Indochina, southern Yunnan, Myanmar, and northeast India. Its preferred habitats are unknown, but it is thought that habitats depend upon dispersal of mature individuals and it has been found in forested areas, grasslands, and rice fields. In India, it can be found at elevations of up to 6,397 feet. It holds three recognized subspecies, although two of these have also been classified as...

Marine Otter, Lontra feline
2012-12-28 15:09:41

The marine otter (Lontra feline) is a member of the weasel family, and can be found in South America. It prefers a habitat in rocky coastal areas, with a range that includes the entire coastline of Chile and extends to southern Peru and Argentina. It has been found on the Falkland Islands, but individuals here do not represent a constant population. Unlike other species of otter, the marine otter chooses to live near waters with high winds and swells. It may use caves and crevices as dens,...

Striped Polecat, Ictonyx striatus
2012-11-16 13:48:55

The striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus), also known as the zoril, zorilla, zorille, or the African polecat, is a member of the weasel family. It can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, and the Congo Basin. It prefers a habitat within open areas and savannahs. This species resembles a skunk, and even releases a foul odor when threatened by predators. It is black in color with four white stripes running down its body. It can reach an average body length of 24 inches, with a tail length...

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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.