/r/mustelids

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Anything to do with Mustelids.

Weasels, stoats, otters, badgers, martens, fishers, wolverines, polecats, grisons, mink and the list goes on :)

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/r/mustelids

5,051 Subscribers

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A critically endangered European mink

2 Comments
2023/01/23
04:56 UTC

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Little owl knocks stoat off its feet

1 Comment
2023/01/22
09:36 UTC

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"Wolverines are strictly solitary."

9 Comments
2023/01/20
20:08 UTC

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Marbled polecat (Vormela peregusna)

2 Comments
2023/01/16
07:08 UTC

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Pine Marten settling into Owl Box in Argyll, Scotland (Live Camera)

A young female Pine Marten has taken to settling in an Owl Box setup with a live streaming camera (24x7). Details on channel https://www.youtube.com/@ScottishWildlifeGarden. Male has been bringing some food, she recently brought back her own kills too.

4 Comments
2023/01/08
10:37 UTC

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2023 Croatian 1 Euro coin has a marten on the front.

The old main coin (at about 7 Euro) was a Kuna, which means marten, so... https://www.reddit.com/r/EuroCoins/comments/uj6ebl/final_design_of_croatian_1_euro_coin_unveiled_do/

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2023/01/01
17:55 UTC

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Otter mum teaches two cubs to hunt in Scottish Loch 🦦

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2022/12/30
21:04 UTC

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Steppe polecat - Mustela eversmanii

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2022/12/12
07:28 UTC

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Pine Marten diving into a snowy breakfast in Jasper National Park

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2022/11/26
14:11 UTC

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Rare picture of a striped-backed Weasel with its Prey - Mustela strigidorsa

3 Comments
2022/11/22
12:41 UTC

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Mysterious Mustelid in Magnetawan River, Ontario, Canada

3 Comments
2022/11/13
23:40 UTC

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Pine Marten straight up sendin it

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2022/11/13
09:25 UTC

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A Japanese weasel with an itch to scratch...

2 Comments
2022/11/12
13:29 UTC

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Some of the best footage of a Japanese weasel in the wild I have seen!

3 Comments
2022/11/12
12:06 UTC

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Japanese badger - Meles anakuma

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2022/11/11
12:51 UTC

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Some of the only known photos of a living Colombian weasel *(Neogale felipei)* - the others being in the linked article

6 Comments
2022/10/23
14:03 UTC

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Mustelid Family Tree (updated)

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2022/10/18
07:35 UTC

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Updates to the Mustelids Species Part II - New World Weasels

Going through ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustelidae and I realised I had missed quite a major update in my previous Updates to the Mustelid species post. I have added these to that post, however as I am sure most of you are unlikely to re-visit that post I have created a part II !

I have also deleted the Mustelid Family Tree, phylogenetic tree and re-uploaded in a new post with these extra updates!

New World Weasels

Members in this genus were formerly classified into the genera Mustela and Neovison, but many studies had previously recovered several American species of Mustela, as well as both species within Neovison, to comprise a monophyletic clade distinct from all other members of Mustelinae. A 2021 study found this clade to have diverged from Mustela during the Late Miocene, between 11.8 - 13.4 million years ago, with all members within the clade being more closely related to one another than to any of the other species in Mustela, and gave it the name Neogale, originally coined by John Edward Gray.The American Society of Mammalogists later accepted this change.

2 Comments
2022/10/18
07:30 UTC

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Some rare photos of a Patagonian weasel individual photographed in Lihue Calel National Park in Argentina

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2022/10/15
08:14 UTC

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Updates to the Mustelid species

I was looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustelidae and noticed there have been some updates to the naming of mustelids species against my own personal database. Also, because of this my top stickied post - Mustelids by Region is somewhat out of date. (I will update it over the next couple of days and add some pictures where I can)

Deletions:

Additions:

Massive Ommision!

New World Weasels

Members in this genus were formerly classified into the genera Mustela and Neovison, but many studies had previously recovered several American species of Mustela, as well as both species within Neovison, to comprise a monophyletic clade distinct from all other members of Mustelinae. A 2021 study found this clade to have diverged from Mustela during the Late Miocene, between 11.8 - 13.4 million years ago, with all members within the clade being more closely related to one another than to any of the other species in Mustela, and gave it the name Neogale, originally coined by John Edward Gray.The American Society of Mammalogists later accepted this change.

5 Comments
2022/10/13
08:12 UTC

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The greater grison can be up to twice the size of the lesser, and is found in Central America and northern part of South America

5 Comments
2022/10/10
08:32 UTC

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(by "thexssize" on IG)

4 Comments
2022/10/09
19:10 UTC

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The lesser grison is a mustelid native to the southern part of South America. Slightly larger than a domestic ferret.

8 Comments
2022/10/07
11:27 UTC

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Hysteria, vindictiveness and character assassination in /r/ferrets

As the ferret is our only domesticated mustelid, I am sure many subscribers here are familiar with them and keep them as pets. They are often bought by unwary owners only to be abandoned when the owners cannot cope. If these are passed onto rescues they still have a chance, but in many cases they are literally abandoned outside, often dying a cruel death by starvation amongst other things.

Unfortunately some of the ferrets that end up in rescues have ended up there because of ignorance of their proper care, have had unintentional (sometimes intentional) neglect and have major issues because of this. They often are not properly socialised with people and it takes dogged patience to get them to act well enough to be kept as pets. In all this their bitey nature is well known. In my opinion (note my opinion here) some however really never reach this stage and are just never ever going to be suitable to be kept as pets. As with rogue dogs, my opinion is these animals are just too dangerous and the owner should take responsibility for putting them down at least in extreme cases.

To the point, a post on /r/ferrets showed someone's arm bandaged and soaked in blood. This was far worse than I have seen on /r/ferrets and I was not the only person alarmed by this abnormal ferret behaviour. I suggested that euthanasia should unfortunately be at least be considered in this case. After a reply along the lines of "omg you're suggesting euthanising a baby ferret" followed by a "omg how could someone who is the moderator at /r/mustelids even think that?" it was obvious my comments were not going down well and I deleted them.

I had no intention of doubling-down on what I was saying, I backed off and I thought that was the end of it.

The out-spoken poster above however felt that was not enough and got the mods to get me a permanent ban to /r/ferrets - a community I have been a member of for 10 years or so, even being a moderator at one point.

Then.... after getting me banned the same poster started a smear campaign in a new post on /r/ferrets particularly emphasizing my being a moderator of /r/mustelids. I had no way to respond because of course I have been banned from the group. So... 3 day ban from Reddit for using a temporary account.

A message to moderators asking "why" for the permanent ban was met with a simple "you don't align with the views of our sub", then muted for sending a second message asking for clarification.

I never insulted anyone, I never trolled anyone, what I was saying was not in itself that outlandish IMHO.

That said, I can understand why someone might not have liked what I said, and would have even understood a temporary ban given the subject matter, but a permanent ban was not called-for, I deleted my posts myself and had retreated from the subject.

Letting someone post a follow-up which was badmouthing me after banning me seems like pure vindictiveness on the part of both /r/ferrets and the poster.

  • The Original Post

  • The Character smear - To me, it is extremely odd that one of their major arguments is you cannot compare dangerous dogs to dangerous ferrets, but never says why... then goes on about my being a moderator at /r/mustelids as if it was pretty much the worst thing about my comments.

I would never advocate euthanising wild animals biting people, it is sort of expected. I don't advocate people keeping wild animals as pets at all, even cross-breeding because of this.

Ferrets can be dangerous, and I am not the only one who thinks that responsible owners should at least think about euthanasia as a worst case scenario..

I have no intention of hiding anything here. Your posts here don't necessarily need to be in my favour, but I would ask that you keep posts polite and insult-free. I do have mod status here at least.

15 Comments
2022/10/06
03:54 UTC

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Looking for moderators

/r/mustelids needs some new faces. Let us know if you are interested in moderating.

Ideas on how to add content especially welcome.

2 Comments
2022/10/05
13:50 UTC

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