Zoological Research ›› 2019, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (6): 575-579.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.067

Special Issue: Mammals

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First record of the ferret-badger Melogale cucphuongensis Nadler et al., 2011 (Carnivora: Mustelidae), with description of a new subspecies, in southeastern China

Song Li1(),Guo-Hua Yu1,Shuo Liu1,Chang-Shan Jin2,3   

  1. 1. Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China
    2. Research Monitoring Center, Wuyishan National Park, Wuyishan Fujian 354300, China
    3. Fujian Wuyishan Forest Ecosystem Research Station, Wuyishan Fujian 354300, China
  • Received:2019-08-16 Accepted:2019-09-19 Online:2019-11-18 Published:2019-10-14
  • Contact: Song Li E-mail:lis@mail.kiz.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(30970332);This study was supported by National Special Fund on Basic Research of Science and Technology of China(2014FY110100);Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China(2005DKA21402)


The ferret-badger Melogale cucphuongensis was first described from Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam, with no subsequent reports in later years. During our surveys of the Wuyishan Mountains of Fujian Province in southeastern China during May 2018, a Melogale specimen was identified. Analysis based on pelage and skull characteristics as well as molecular data indicated it to be a new subspecies, which we nominated as Melogale cucphuongensis guadunensis subsp. nov. This is the first record of the species in China. Therefore, this research not only expands the distribution range of the species beyond Vietnam, but also indicates that geographic variation of the species should have been proceeding in southeastern China.

Key words: Melogale cucphuongensis guadunensis subsp. nov., Characteristics, Phylogeny, Geography, Variation