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Related to ringtails: Bassariscus astutus

ring·tail

 (rĭng′tāl′)
n.
A small raccoonlike mammal (Bassariscus astutus) of the order Carnivora, inhabiting southwestern North America and having grayish or brownish fur and a black-banded tail.

ringtail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: ring-tailed cat another name for cacomistle
2. (Animals) Also called: ringtail possum Austral any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing

ring•tail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)

n.
1. any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
adj.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white ringsringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
2.ringtail - North American raccoonringtail - North American raccoon    
racoon, raccoon - an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
3.ringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowlringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowl
New World monkey, platyrrhine, platyrrhinian - hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
Cebus, genus Cebus - type genus of the Cebidae
4.ringtail - an immature golden eagle
Aquila chrysaetos, golden eagle - large eagle of mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere having a golden-brown head and neck
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Sheepshead should be chewing all month, with some black margates and giant ringtails thrown in around the jetties.
brasiliensis, and ringtails have been sighted in Bat Cave and the underground Lunch Room (Geluso and Geluso, 2004).
FRIENDS OUR AT DUDLEY Ring-tailed lemur, Freya was removed from the family group when they moved to the wood from the Small primate house, but to restore harmony among the ringtails when she returned meant a dousing in baby talcum powder.
Among the magnificent creatures that roam the area are jaguars, ocelots, Mexican wolves and ringtails, small carnivores of the raccoon family.
Kerle JA (2001) Possums: The Brushtails, Ringtails and Greater Glider.
Fiddler crabs, ospreys, painted salamanders, turkey vultures, ringtails, spittlebugs, and earthworms are just a few of the species featured who have special ways of adapting to the heat of the mid-solstice summer sun.
We aren't allowed to approach them, of course, or touch them our-selves--although it is OK if a lemur touches you, which is why 1 can report that they have tickly hands and wet noses just like dogs--and when a crew of ringtails approaches we all have to stand back like chastened paparazzi to allow the VIPs to pass unhindered.
Ringtails (Bassariscus astutus) are omnivorous and are known to prey upon mammals and birds (Poglayen-Neuwall and Toweill 1988).
He listens for the rustle of ringtails or rats, for the cough of a lion.
Less well-documented is infection in procyonids other than raccoons (e.g., kinkajous [Potos flavus] [Figure 1], coatis [Nasua spp.], olingos [Bassaricyon spp.], and ringtails [Bassariscus astutus]) and the potential for transmission from these species to humans.