Galictis cuja (Mammalia): An update of current knowledge and geographic distribution

Daniela A. Poo-Muñoz, Luis E. Escobar, A. Townsend Peterson, Francisca Astorga, John F. Organ, Gonzalo Medina-Vogel

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The lesser grison (Galictis cuja) is one of the least-known mustelids in the Neotropics, despite its broad range across South America. This study aimed to explore current knowledge of the distribution of the species to identify gaps in knowledge and anticipate its full geographic distribution. Eighty-nine articles have mentioned G. cuja since 1969, but only 13 focused on the species. We generated a detailed model of the species’ potential distribution that validated previous maps, but with improved detail, supporting previous southernmost records, and providing a means of identifying priority sites for conservation and management of the species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalIheringia - Serie Zoologia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Distribution
  • Ecological niche modeling
  • Mustelidae
  • Neotropics


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