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Common dwarf mongoose +

Helogale parvula

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Common dwarf mongooses show a unique social behaviour through their symbiotic relationship with hornbills in the search for food. While the mongooses are foraging, they disturb numerous insects for the hornbills to catch. In return, the hornbills ensure that the coast is clear for the mongooses by warning of any approaching predators. 


Order: carnivora; Family: mongoose (herpestidae)


Vorwiegend Insekten, aber auch kleine Wirbeltiere und Vogeleier


Savannah, open forests, scrublands, as well as sand or gravel plains


Gestation period: 50–54 days, 2–4 offspring; the group’s dominant female is responsible for most of the pups.


Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Least concern (LC)

Status according to Red List:Least concern (LC)

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