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Which are the elite of the small carnivores?
Topic Started: May 2 2012, 06:43 AM (1,268 Views)
Madmustelid
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Which are they? To qualify, said animal should weight less than 30 lbs. It shouldn't be restricted to a genus, so don't say stuff like 'felids', or 'mustelids', or 'herpestids'. Be specific. After much research (both online, and in the field), I have concluded that Herpestes Javanicus Auropunctuas is an elite small carnivore. Ofcourse this is subjective, but your answers could be subjective as well. My research has shown that this species is a formidable predator of animals of similar or lesser size. It's an ultimate generalist - capable of surviving in a wide range of environments. It's hunting style is like a combination of that of mustelids and felids. In reality, I'd say if it were possible to combine a mustelid, and a felid, a Herpestid would be the end result. Contrary to popular belief, these animals are NOT insectivores! They're generalists which range from full blown Hyper-carnivores to Frugivores based on geographic location, and food supply. Some might not agree with this (Felinepowah comes to mind), but these animals have been able to limit Feral Cat populations on many of the Oceanic islands in the caribbean, via competition and predation on young. I'd say that along with the fact that they're just plain awesome makes me think they deserve a spot as an 'elite small carnivore'.
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Mongeeses, civets
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I think that Dholes come to mind as they can get just under 30 lbs and take down female gaur and other things many times their size.
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I'm no mustelid fan, but I'd guess Honey Badgers and fishers. Maybe fishing cats too, but I'm not sure, they aren't so well known.
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May 2 2012, 07:33 AM
I'm no mustelid fan.
Despite my name, I'm more iffy on the Mustelids. I love small mustelids like Ferrets, polecats, Stoats, Weasels and ofcourse Mink though. Mongoose, Ferrets, Mink are my favs...
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The bush dog is one, the animals they prey on are targets of the jaguar and puma! Impressive for such a small animal.

Posted by reddhole
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and this texts describes some of the impressive prey taken by these canids

Food Primarily carnivorous, bush dogs are most
commonly observed hunting large rodents such as paca
(Agouti paca) and agouti (Dasyprocta spp.) (53.1% and
28.1%, respectively, of reported sightings in central western
Amazonia; Peres 1991). Their diet may also include small
mammals (i.e., rats, Oryzomys spp. and Proechimys spp.,
rabbits, Sylvilagus brasiliensis, opossums, Didelphis spp.
and nine-banded armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus; Van
Humbeck and Perez 1998; Zuercher and Villalba 2002).
Other prey items include teju lizards (M. Swarner pers.
obs.), snakes, and possibly ground-nesting birds. Local
people report that bush dogs can take prey considerably
larger than themselves such as capybaras (Hydrochaeris
hydrochaeris), and rheas (Rhea americana), as well as deer
(Mazama spp.), and possibly even tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
(R. Wallace pers. comm.) by hunting in packs (Deutsch
1983; Peres 1991; Strahl et al. 1992). Their diet is reported
to vary seasonally.

http://www.carnivoreconservation.org/files/actionplans/canids.pdf
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Does anyone think that a pack of dhole could bring down Bison or Moose?
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The tayra , nasty bite , powerful and elongated body , agility etc the perfect mustelid for me .
But very understudied .
The fossa too maybe , the apex predator of its land .
Edited by ManEater, May 3 2012, 08:50 PM.
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Carnivorous marine polychaetes.
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May 3 2012, 08:49 PM
The tayra , nasty bite , powerful and elongated body , agility etc the perfect mustelid for me .
But very understudied .
The fossa too maybe , the apex predator of its land .
The Tayra? I rather thought it was more of a 'softer' mustelid. Thanks for the info though.
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"Its cousin, the sleek, long-haired, chocolate-brown tayra (locals call it tolumuco--a meter-long giant of the weasel family--resembles a mix of grison and otter. It is often seen in highland habitats throughout Costa Rica. Weighing up to five kg, the tayra habitually preys on rodents but can make quick work of small deer. Keep an eye off the ground, too, particularly in Santa Rosa National Park, where tayras can sometimes be seen stalking squirrels in the crowns of deciduous trees with a motion so fluid they seem to move like snakes."

http://www.centralamerica.com/cr/moon/momammal.htm


ps : i forgot the fisher as the perfect predator .
Edited by ManEater, May 5 2012, 07:42 AM.
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What weight range are we talking about when describing a small carnivore?
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<30lbs
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What if all these animals fought at parity?
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