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Bassariscus astutus


Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Ringtails are nocturnal, cat-sized carnivores. They are good climbers and are found in habitats that range from dry canyons to wet woodlands, in highland and lowland terrain. They prey on small mammals, but their varied diet also includes other vertebrates, insects, nuts, and fruit. These animals are solitary and territorial, marking their home ranges by depositing urine and feces.

Also known as:
Babisuri, Bandtailed Cat, Basaride, Bassarisk, Cacomistle, Cacomixtle, Civet Cat, Comandreja, Guayanoche, Mico de Noche, Mico Rayado, Onza, Pintorabo, Ring-tailed Cat, Rintel, Sal Coyote

Sexual Dimorphism:

Average: 793 mm males; 756 mm females
Range: 616-811 mm

Range: 0.9-1.3 kg


Lichtenstein, H., 1830.  Erlauterungen der Nachrichten des Fran. Hernandez von den vierfussigen Thieren Neuspaniens, p. 119.  Abhandlungen der Koniglichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin, 89-128.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Bassariscus astutus

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