Biological Invasions

, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 1947–1951 | Cite as

The Indian brown mongoose, yet another invader in Fiji

  • Geraldine VeronEmail author
  • Marie-Lilith Patou
  • Daniel Simberloff
  • Patricia A. McLenachan
  • Craig G. Morley
Invasion Note


A thriving population of the Indian brown mongoose (Herpestes fuscus), native to southwest India and Sri Lanka, has been discovered on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. This is the first known introduction of this species and may derive from a pair brought from an unknown source to a private zoo in the late 1970s. They co-occur on Viti Levu with the much smaller small Indian mongoose (H. auropunctatus), and they are probably nocturnally active. No research has been conducted on their activity, diet, or impact on Fiji.


Fiji Herpestes fuscus Mongoose 



Thanks are due to Paddy Ryan and to Martyn Gorman (Aberdeen University, UK) for providing useful information, and to Andrew P. Jennings (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France) for helping with the map.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geraldine Veron
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marie-Lilith Patou
    • 1
  • Daniel Simberloff
    • 2
  • Patricia A. McLenachan
    • 3
  • Craig G. Morley
    • 4
  1. 1.Unité Origine, Structure et Evolution de la Biodiversité (OSEB, CNRS UMR 7205), Département Systématique et EvolutionMuséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and EvolutionMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  4. 4.Department of ConservationKauri Coast Area OfficeDargavilleNew Zealand

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