Linzey, Donald W. Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Virginia.
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Any of a group of 38 species of carnivorous mammals in the family Herpestidae. Mongooses inhabit a broad band along both sides of the Equator from western Africa to Southeast Asia. Although native to southern Asia, the East Indies, Africa, and Madagascar, one genus (Herpestes) was introduced into Spain and Portugal as well as to other parts of Europe and to many islands around the world including the West Indies, Fiji, and the Hawaiian Islands (see table).
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