mustelid

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A stoat, Mustela erminea, a variety of mustelid
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mustelid (plural mustelids)

  1. Any carnivorous mammal of the diverse weasel family Mustelidae, which also includes badgers, otters, martens, mink and wolverines.
    • 1998, Vivian Banci, Chapter 5: Wolverine, Thomas E. Kucera, American Marten, Fisher, Lynx, and Wolverine: Survey Methods for Their Detection, Diane Publishing, page 99,
      Relative to smaller mustelids, the wolverine has a robust appearance, rather like a small bear.
    • 1998, Jon A. Baskin, 9: Mustelidae, Christine M. Janis, Kathleen M. Scott, Louis L. Jacobs, Gregg F. Gunnell, Mark D. Uhen (editors), Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America: Volume 1, Cambridge University Press, page 169,
      Mustelid diversity is well reflected in the Neogene fossil record, in spite of the fact that mustelids are among the rarest of fossil carnivores.
    • 2004, Fred Cooke, The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide, University of California Press, page 134,
      The mustelid head has a low, flat skull and short face with small ears and eyes.

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