Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Herpestidae > Genus: Herpestes > Species: Herpestes ichneumon > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii Gray, 1842 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Egyptian mongoose - Herpestes ichneumon (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Atlantic - Favourable
Mediterranean - Favourable
Protected by EU Habitats Directive
Most preferred habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • heathland and shrub
May also occur in
  • rivers and lakes
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1359


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

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Natura 2000 sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Egipatski mungos Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Egyiptomi mongúz Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Egyptian mongoose English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Egyptisk mungo Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Faaraomungo Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Faraorotte Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Faraorotte Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Faraósmangi Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Firavun faresi Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ichneumon Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ichneumon German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ichneumon Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ihneumon Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mangoeste Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mangouste ichneumon French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Manguço Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mangusta egipska Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mangusta egiziana Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Meloncillo Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mungo Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Navadni mungo Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sacarrabos Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Viverra Ichneumon Linnaeus, 1758
Herpestes widdringtonii Gray, 1842
Herpestes ichneumon ferruginea Seabra, 1909
Herpestes ichneumon dorsalis Seabra, 1909
Herpestes ichneumon grisea Seabra, 1909
Mungos widdringtonii Miller, 1912
Ichneumon pharaon Lacepède, 1799
Ichneumon aegyptiae Tiedemann, 1808
Ichneumon major Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1818
Ichneumon numidicus Cuvier, 1834

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CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
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NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

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