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Burmese ferret-badger

Binomial name: Melogale personata, Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831

The Burmese ferret-badger (Melogale personata), also known as the large-toothed ferret-badger, is a species of mammal in the Mustelidae family.


The Burmese ferret-badger has a head and body length of 35 – 40 cm, a tail length of 15 – 21 cm and a body weight of 1.5 – 3 kg. The fur ranges from fawn brown to dark brown, with a white dorsal stripe. The face is marked with black and white patches, which are unique to each individual. The rear part of the tail is whitish.

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Scientific classification

Melogale personata

Common names

  • English:
    • Burmese ferret badger
    • Large-toothed ferret-badger


  • Melogale personata nipalensis

    Range: Nepal

  • Melogale personata personata

    Range: Northeastern India and Bangladesh to southern Burma and Thailand

  • Melogale personata pierrei

    Range: Cambodia, southern China, Laos and Vietnam

Conservation status

Data Deficient (IUCN3.1)

Data Deficient (IUCN3.1)

Burmese ferret-badger (Melogale personata) distribution

Burmese ferret-badger (Melogale personata) distribution

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Range map of Melogale personata in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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