The Mustelidae family (weasels) contributes the most species to the Carnivora order. Generally mustelids have long, streamlined bodies with short legs. The habitat of this family can be both terrestrial and semi-aquatic.
The Mustelidae family
- generally have long tails that enhance balance.
- have well developed anal scent glands utilized for territory demarcation, but also for defense.
- are solitary in nature, tolerating others only during the breeding season.
- have well developed olfactory senses.
- are primarily carnivorous, but some species may consume vegetation when prey availability is limited.
References Forsyth, A. 1985. Mammals of the Canadian Wild. Camden House Publishing, Camden, Ontario.
Wund, M. 2000. "Mustelidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Mustelidae.html>. Accessed October 28, 2009.
Note: The species listed within this family only represent species for which the Hubbard Collection has specimens. It does not represent all existing species within this family.