Expanding the geographical distribution of the Egyptian Mongoose, <em>Herpestes ichneumon</em> (Linnaeus, 1758), in South Africa
Check List 14(4): 595-599, doi: 10.15560/14.4.595
Expanding the geographical distribution of the Egyptian Mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon (Linnaeus, 1758), in South Africa
expand article infoLourens H. Swanepoel§, Daan Loock|, Wayne S. Matthews#¤, Kevin W. Emslie§
‡ African Institute for Conservation Ecology, Levubu, South Africa§ University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa| University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa¶ Secunda Synfuels Operations, Secunda, South Africa# University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa¤ Wildlife Resource Association, Umhlali, South Africa
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Abstract

The current geographical distribution of the Egyptian Mongoose or Large Grey Mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon (Linnaeus, 1758), in South Africa is limited to the south-eastern coastal and eastern sections of the country. One recent sighting in the central part of the country suggested a wider geographical distribution. In this study, we report on confirmed sightings of the Egyptian Mongoose on consecutive years in the central part (at Sasol’s Synfuels Plant in Secunda) of the country. Our sightings thus expand the distribution of the Egyptian Mongoose in South Africa to include some sections of the central to eastern part of the country.

Keywords
Mpumalanga; range expansion; Grassland biome