Linzey, Donald W. Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Virginia.
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The common name for various species of small, slim carnivorous mammals belonging to the family Mustelidae. Weasels are members of the mammalian family Mustelidae (order Carnivora), which also includes wolverines, martens, sables, fishers, minks, badgers, otters, and ferrets (polecats). Most weasels belong to the genus Mustela. They are native to every continent, except Australia and Antarctica (see table). They are also absent from Madagascar and most oceanic islands. See also: Badger; Biogeography; Carnivora; Ferret; Fisher; Mammalia; Marten; Mink; Otter; Sable; Wolverine
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