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Bassariscus astutus (Ringtail)

Synonyms: Bassaris astuta; Bassariscus albipes; Bassariscus sonoitensis
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a mammal of the raccoon family, native to arid regions of North America. It is also known as the ringtail cat, ring-tailed cat, miner's cat or bassarisk, and is also sometimes called a "civet cat" (after similar, though unrelated, cat-like omnivores of Asia and Africa). The ringtail is sometimes called a cacomistle, though this term seems to be more often used to refer to Bassariscus sumichrasti.
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Bassariscus astutus arizonensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus astutus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus bolei (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus consitus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus flavus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus insulicola (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus macdougalli (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus nevadensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus octavus (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus palmarius (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus raptor (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus saxicola (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus willetti (Ring-tailed cacomistle)
Bassariscus astutus yumanensis (Ring-tailed cacomistle)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 13.89
EDGE Score: 2.7


Adult Weight [1]  2.238 lbs (1.015 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  30 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore
Diet - Endothermic [2]  10 %
Diet - Fruit [2]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  20 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  10 months
Male Maturity [1]  10 months
Gestation [1]  52 days
Litter Size [1]  3
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  19 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [4]  16 inches (41 cm)
Weaning [1]  42 days


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

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Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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