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Mustela nivalis Linnaeus 1766 (least weasel)

Osteichthyes - Carnivora - Mustelidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 48861

Synonyms: Mustela rixosa Bangs 1896 (no. 48867), Putorius rixosus Bangs 1896 (no. 51276)

Belongs to Mustela according to G. F. Baryshnikov 2009

Sister taxa: Mustela (Lutreola), Mustela (Putorius), Mustela altaica, Mustela americana, Mustela buwaldi, Mustela erminea, Mustela eversmannii, Mustela frenata, Mustela furo, Mustela itatsi, Mustela jacksoni, Mustela meltoni, Mustela nigripes, Mustela nudipes, Mustela ogygia, Mustela palermina, Mustela praenivalis, Mustela putorius, Mustela rexroadensis, Mustela sibirica, Mustela spelaea, Mustela strigidorsa

Subtaxa: Mustela nivalis kudarensis

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Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): p2 1.01 x 0.62, p3 1.32 x 0.75, p4 1.76 x 0.87, m1 3.43 x 1.19, femur length 19.2, humerus length 19.1, radius length 13.3, tibia length 20.7

Estimated body mass: 38.3 g based on femur length, humerus length, and tibia length