Population estimates, habitat preference and the diet of small Indian mongoose
Herpestes javanicus in Potohar plateau, Pakistan.
Small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus) was observed at head Khanki (relative abundance 0.066) and head Marala (relative abundance 0.030) during present study.
(Two other of its endemic birds were extirpated by the tragic introduction of the Indian mongoose
, which was supposed to kill rats in the cane fields and coffee groves.
Herpestes javanicus (Geoffroy, 1818), small Indian mongoose
, Least Concern (44) and Herpestes edwardsii (Geoffroy, 1818), Indian grey mongoose, Least Concern (17): Former was encountered near Ranto canal (inlet of Chotiari reservoir) and mound near irrigated canals while later was observed along cultivated lands and sand dunes areas.
The main reasons for their extirpation are habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and the introduction of the Indian mongoose
(Herpestes auropunctatus), a mammalian predator.
Mungo and Manguste] is a Dravidian borrowing), one kind (Herpestes urva) in Nepal, Assam, and Burma, and another (Herpestes smithii) with a fairly wide distribution in central and southern India, we find two species indigenous to northwestern (i.e., Indo-European) India: Herpestes edwardsi (Common or Indian Grey Mongoose) and Herpestes javanicus or auropunctatus (Golden or Small Indian Mongoose
In western parts of its native range, the small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus) is sympatric with one or both of two slightly larger congeners.
In Pakistan, the genus Herpestes is represented by two species; small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus; Geoffroy, E 1818) and the large Indian mongoose
or the grey mongoose (H.
Two sympatric mongoose species viz., small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus) and grey mongoose (H.
Small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus), a small carnivore, has a crucial role in the food web, especially in agro-ecosystems where it serves as biological control agent for rodents, snakes, and some insects.
The small Indian mongoose
(Herpestes javanicus) preys upon a variety of invertebrates, arthropods, small reptiles and mammalian species.
Exposure to rabies in small Indian mongooses
(Herpestes auropunctatus) from two regions in Puerto Rico.