Carnivore taxonomy news
There is a new paper on the phylogeny of Feliformia (cats, civets, mongooses, hyenas and relatives), available open-access here. Some interesting results:
1. Genus Herpestes is polyphyletic: Egyptian mongoose is a slender mongoose, while long-nosed mongoose should be in the same genus with marsh mongoose;
2. Madagascar’s native carnivores are a bit oversplit;
3. Chinese desert cat is not a full species after all;
4. African golden cat and caracal should be in the same genus.