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umzoology:

Mustela

Congratulations to thebakingzoologist for being the first to correctly ID Friday’s Freak of the Week as the skull of a stoat — extra credit bonus points to acerrubrum for throwing out the scientific name (Mustela erminea)!  The stoat is a mustelid of many common names, also known as the short-tailed weasel, or ermine.  A few of you also guessed ferret, which would be somewhat correct as well; ferrets are in the same genus, Mustela, the weasels.  amischiefofmice guessed the least weasel, which is a smaller cousin of the short-tailed weasel and is actually the smallest member of the order Carnivora — they are deserving of their own post, which I will hopefully write soon enough! 

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the mustelids, and I wrote a post about some of the genera back in July and another post about martens in May.  Here’s a list of the species from today from largest to smallest:

  • Wolverine (Gulo gulo) — Included to indicate size disparity
  • Steppe polecat, China (Mustela eversmanni)
  • American mink (formerly Mustela vison, now in genus Neovison)
  • Mountain weasel (Mustela altaica)
  • Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata)
  • Subspecies of ermine, (Mustela erminea invicta)
  • Stoat/ermine/short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea)
  • Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) — Included to indicate scale.

I included three study skin examples to show the differences in seasonal pelages — this is a great indicator for which time of year a specimen was collected.  The white was obviously collected in the winter, the brown in the summer/fall, and the center is an example of a transitionary period.  If this color change is used for camouflage, why do you think the stoat retains the black tip on its tail during the white winter months?

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FUCK YOU WHOEVER CALLED THIS BEAUTIFUL PINE MARTEN A RODENT. They&#8217;re part of the mustelidae family. You know, like weasels and ferrets. 
Learn a few things before you tag shit. 

FUCK YOU WHOEVER CALLED THIS BEAUTIFUL PINE MARTEN A RODENT. They’re part of the mustelidae family. You know, like weasels and ferrets. 

Learn a few things before you tag shit. 

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ppen:

I never knew an otter has such human-like fingers! Err, paws…

"This isn&#8217;t my clarinet&#8230;" 

ppen:

I never knew an otter has such human-like fingers! Err, paws…

"This isn’t my clarinet…" 

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