Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766

Jo, Yeong-Seok, Baccus, John T. & Koprowski, John L., 2018, Mammals of Korea: a review of their taxonomy, distribution and conservation status, Zootaxa 4522 (1), pp. 1-216: 75

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scientific name

Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766
status

 

Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766   —Least Weasel

Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766 p.69   ; Type locality- Sweden; Ellerman & Morrison-Scott, 1951 p.256; Won, 1968 p.282; Han, 1994 p.46; Won & Smith, 1999; p.19; Oh, 2004a p.169.

M. nivalis mosanensis Mori, 1927 p.28   ; Type locality- Yeonam (near Musan), Korea; Kuroda, 1938 p.29; Ellerman & Morrison-Scott, 1951 p.258; Won, 1958 p.438; Won, 1967 p.113; Won, 1968 p.283.

M. pygmaea mosanensis: Kishida & Mori, 1931 p.380   .

M. nivalis nivalis: Corbet, 1978 p.169   ; Yoon, 1992 p.102.

Range: Previously, mammalogists thought the least weasel in Korea had a distribution limited to the northeastern Korean Peninsula ( Won 1968). However, although very rare, the least weasel is now found throughout most of the Korean Peninsula (NIBR 2012; Fig. 47 View FIGURE 47 ).

Remarks: The least weasel is recognized in Korea as the Subspecies M. n. mosanensis ( Won 1968). Corbet (1978) relegated most populations in Eurasia, including M. n. mosanensis, to a synonym of M. n. nivalis Linnaeus, 1766   . Abramov and Baryshnikov (2000) identified 19 subspecies and confirmed one subspecies, M. n. mosanensis, in the Korean Peninsula, despite difference in coloration between northern and southern Korea. Specimens from northern Korea showed nivalis   -coloration in which the winter coat turns completely white; however, southern population showed vulgaris   -coloration with incomplete white coloration in winter coats ( Choi & Choi 2007).

Conservation status: The North Korean government designated habitat of M. nivalis   in the Mayang District, Musan County, Hamgyeongbuk Province as a Natural Monument in 1980. M. nivalis   in South Korea are regarded as ‘Vulnerable’ (NIBR 2012) and in North Korea as ‘Rare’ (MAB National Committee of DPR Korea 2002).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Family

Mustelidae

Genus

Mustela

Loc

Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766

Jo, Yeong-Seok, Baccus, John T. & Koprowski, John L. 2018
2018
Loc

M. nivalis nivalis:

Yoon 1992:
Corbet 1978:
1978
Loc

M. pygmaea mosanensis:

Kishida & Mori 1931:
1931
Loc

M. nivalis mosanensis

Won 1968:
Won 1967:
Won 1958:
Ellerman & Morrison-Scott 1951:
Kuroda 1938:
Mori 1927:
1927
Loc

Mustela nivalis

Oh 2004:
Han 1994:
Won 1968:
Ellerman & Morrison-Scott 1951:
Linnaeus 1766:
1766