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Any of various small to medium-sized carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, usually having long slender bodies, short legs, and anal scent glands, and including the badgers, mink, otters, skunks, and weasels.

[New Latin Mūstēlidae, family name, from mūstēla, weasel, probably from mūs, mouse; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.]


(Zoology) any member of the Mustelidae or weasel family of small carnivorous mammals with musky anal scent glands
(Zoology) of, relating to or designating a member of the Mustelidae or weasel family


(ˈmʌs tl ɪd)

1. any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.
[1905–10; < New Latin Mustelidae family name]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mustelid - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammalsmustelid - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
carnivore - a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal; "terrestrial carnivores have four or five clawed digits on each limb"
family Mustelidae, Mustelidae - weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens
weasel - small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
mink - slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius, polecat - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
black-footed ferret, ferret, Mustela nigripes - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
otter - freshwater carnivorous mammal having webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur
Enhydra lutris, sea otter - large marine otter of northern Pacific coasts having very thick dark brown fur
polecat, wood pussy, skunk - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
badger - sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
honey badger, Mellivora capensis, ratel - nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia
carcajou, Gulo luscus, skunk bear, wolverine - stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
Gulo gulo, wolverine, glutton - musteline mammal of northern Eurasia
Galictis vittatus, grison, Grison vittatus - carnivore of Central America and South America resembling a weasel with a greyish-white back and dark underparts
marten, marten cat - agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
Eira barbara, taira, tayra - long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South America
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2000: Seasonal variation in the feeding habitats of riparian mustelids in river valleys of NE Belarus.
Equus quagga), mustelids (Mustelaputorius), and domestic cats (Poole, 1978; Martin, 1984; Schilder et al.
Sexual dimorphism in the body size of mustelids (Carnivora): the roles of food habits and breeding systems.
The presence of wild horse (Equus ferus), brown bear (Ursus arctos), wildcat (Felis silvestris), several mustelids (Mustelidae) and European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) suggests that the site was formed around the Atlantic climatic optimum.
Our camera trapping was intensive enough to record secretive mustelids like long-tailed weasels and American mink.
Samples were analyzed using 13 microsatellite loci that were previously successful for mustelids (Dallas and Piertney 1998; Davis and Strobeck 1998; Duffy and others 1998; Flemming and others 1999; Jordan and others 2007).
Dogs have been used in previous scientific studies to improve research results (Zwickel 1980), especially for the live capture of cryptic animals such as felids (Elbroch and Wittmer 2012) and mustelids (Thompson et al.
However, large numbers of acid-fast organisms are seen in lesions in primates, felids, mustelids (badgers) and marsupials (brush-tailed possums) (Corner et al.
Several other Mustelids also have the word ferret in their common names, including an endangered species, the Black-footed Ferret.
If picking up deceased mustelids from crowded sidewalks is not embarrassing enough, my mind goes back some years to when I was researching my Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt.
Thus taking one of these unique and abundant mustelids was an exciting event that generated some income to the concession in turn adding impetus to the management of such species.
However, very little is known about the biology of these small mustelids in the Arctic.