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Lesser grison

(Galictis cuja)

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Description

The lesser grison (Galictis cuja) is a species of mustelid from South America.Lesser grisons have a long,slender body,short legs,and a bushy tail.They have a long neck and a small head with a flattened forehead and rounded ears.They are smaller than the closely related greater grison,with a head-body length of 27 to 52 cm (11 to 20 in) and a tail 14 to 19 cm (5.5 to 7.5 in) long.Adults weigh anything from 1.2 to 2.4 kg (2.6 to 5.3 lb).Females are slighter smaller and more slender than males.The top of the head,the back and flanks,and the tail have coarse black guard hairs with buff-coloured tips over a softer undercoat,giving them a grizzled greyish colour.The remainder of the body is black or nearly so,apart from a pale buff-coloured stripe running from the forehead to the shoulders along the lower margin of the grey furred area.The feet are webbed,with five toes ending in sharp,curved,claws.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Galictis
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