Galerella is a genus of the mongoose family (Herpestidae) native to Africa and commonly called the slender mongooses.[1]

There are four or five species in this genus, with more than 30 subspecies.

Four of the species have long been established:[1]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Galerella flavescens Galerella flavescens Angolan slender mongoose Angola and Namibia.
Galerella ochracea Somalian slender mongoose Somalia
Galerella pulverulenta Small Grey Mongoose Galerella pulverulenta Cape gray mongoose South Africa, Lesotho and southern Namibia
2009-slender-mongoose Galerella sanguinea Slender mongoose sub-Saharan Africa

A recent addition is the black mongoose, Galerella nigrata, which now is considered a separate species by many scientists, following genetic analysis. It was previously seen as a variant of Galerella sanguinea.[2]

Galerella sanguinea
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Galerella
Gray, 1864
Galerella ranges
Galerella ranges


  1. ^ a b c Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). "Galerella". Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Tromp S (2007). "Introducing the black mongoose" (PDF). University of Queensland.
Angolan slender mongoose

The Angolan slender mongoose (Galerella flavescens) is a mongoose that lives in southern Africa, specifically Angola and Namibia. It lives in the savannah and avoids desert and dense forests.

This animal has a long slim body and the males are around 15% bigger than the females. It has 38 teeth.

Males do not help in raising the young. The young open their eyes at 3 weeks and leave their mother at around 10 weeks and at 24 weeks get their adult teeth.

Bengal mongoose

The Bengal mongoose (Herpestes javanicus palustris) is a subspecies of the small Asian mongoose. It is also known as the marsh mongoose, not to be confused with Atilax paludinosus, which is also called the marsh mongoose. Other synonyms include Indian marsh mongoose and Bengali water mongoose.

Black mongoose

The black mongoose (Galerella nigrata) is a species of mongoose found in Namibia and Angola. Although originally described as a separate species by Thomas (1928), it was often been considered a subspecies of the slender mongoose. However, genetic analysis has confirmed its status as a separate species. Evidence suggests the two species diverged around four million years ago, likely due to some populations becoming separated as the habitat in southern Africa was changing. The black mongoose now occupies a distinct habitat in areas with large boulders and rocky outcrops known as inselbergs in the mountainous regions of northwest Namibia and southwest Angola. After remaining in these areas for millions of years, the black mongoose is highly specialized to survive in the harsh arid environment.


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Cape gray mongoose

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Galerella (fungus)

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Mongoose is the popular English name for 29 of the 34 species in the 14 genera of the family Herpestidae, which are small feliform carnivorans native to southern Eurasia and mainland Africa. The other five species (all African) in the family are the four kusimanses in the genus Crossarchus, and the species Suricata suricatta, commonly called meerkat in English.

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Herpestidae is placed within the suborder Feliformia, together with the cat, hyena, and Viverridae families.

Namaqua slender mongoose

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Opisthacanthus capensis

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Pholiotina cyanopus

Pholiotina cyanopus is a species of fungus currently assigned to the genus Pholiotina that contains the psychoactive compound psilocybin. Originally described as Galerula cyanopus by American mycologist George Francis Atkinson in 1918. It was transferred to Conocybe by Robert Kühner in 1935 before being transferred to Pholiotina by Rolf Singer in 1950. A 2013 molecular phylogenetics study found it to belong to a group of species currently assigned to Pholiotina that are more closely related to Galerella nigeriensis than to Pholiotina or Conocybe. It is likely that it will be moved to a different genus in the future, but this has not happened yet.It is very similar to Pholiotina smithii, a species known only from North America, from which it differs slightly in the color of its cap and gills and the width of its cheilocystidia. Some authors have speculated that the P. smithii could be a junior synonym of P. cyanopus, but this has not been confirmed.

Slender mongoose

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The white-bellied sunbird (Cinnyris talatala), also known as the white-breasted sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family.

It is found in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Distribution and habitat

Occurs from Angola to southern Tanzania south to southern Africa, where it is common to locally abundant across northern Namibia, northern and south-eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and north-eastern South Africa. It generally prefers semi-arid savanna woodland, such as Acacia, bushwillow (Combretum) and riparian thickets, Zambezi teak (Baikiaea plurijuga) and mixed miombo (Brachystegia) woodland.

Predators and parasites

It has been recorded as prey of the following mammals:

Felis cattus (Domestic cat)

Galerella sanguinea (Slender mongoose)

Brood parasites

It has been recorded as host of the Klaas's cuckoo.


It mainly eats nectar supplemented with arthropods, often joining mixed-species foraging flocks in the day, along with other sunbirds at large sources of nectar. In the late afternoon it regularly hawks insects aerially and gleans invertebrates from foliage.

The following food items have been recorded in its diet:

* Nectar

* Arthropods




grasshoppers (Orthoptera)

moths (Lepidoptera)


The nest (see image) is built solely by the female in about 5–8 days, consisting of an untidy oval-shaped structure made of dry material such as grass and leaves, bound together with spider web. The outside is decorated with bits of leaves and bark, while the interior is thickly lined with plant down, sometimes along with feathers and wool. It is typically attached to the branches or thorns of a plant, such as a Queen-of-the-night cactus (Cereus jamacaru), prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia) or a tree, sometimes alongside active paper wasp (Belanogaster) nests.

Egg-laying season is from June–March, peaking from September–December.

It lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female for 13–14 days.

The chicks are brooded solely by the female but fed by both parents, leaving the nest after about 14–15 days, after which they continue to roost at the nest for about 4-14 more days.


Not threatened, in fact it seems to have benefited from the fragmentation and disturbance of miombo (Bracystegia) woodland in Zimbabwe.

Extant Carnivora species

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