HYBRID VIVERRIDS & MUSTELIDS

CIVETS, GENETS

In "The Variation Of Animals And Plants Under Domestication" Charles Darwin noted: "The Genetta has bred both here and in the Jardin des Plantes, and produced hybrids. Others have also reported civet/genet hybrids.

FERRETS, POLECATS

Although not often considered, Polecat-Ferrets are hybrids. The Ferret is a domestic Polecat (albino or leucistic) and can be crossed with the Polecat to give offspring with intermediate features (Polecat is a European mustelid related to the mink).

The European mink (Mustela lutreola) and European Polecat (Mustela putorius) can hybrizie naturally, forming fertile hybrids. Prof Thierry Lodé found fertile hybrids, but hybridisation is regarded as exceptional rather than commonplace.

Lodé T, Guiral G & Peltier D; "European mink-polecat hybridization events: hazards from natural process?" Journal of Heredity 96 (2): 1-8. 2005

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