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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
lassis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Carnivora
Subordo: Caniformia
Familia: Procyonidae
Subfamilia: Procyoninae
Genus: Bassariscus
Species: †B. antiquus - B. astutus - †B. minimus - B. sumichrasti


Bassariscus (Coues, 1877)

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Katzenfrette
English: Ringtail & Cacomistle
Français: Bassaricus
Nederlands: Katfretten
Українська: Кільцехвості єноти


* Bassariscus on Mammal Species of the World.
* Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder


Bassariscus is a genus in the family Procyonidae. There are two species in the genus: the ringtail or ring-tailed cat (B. astutus) and the cacomistle (B. sumichrasti). Genetic studies have suggested that the closest relatives of Bassariscus are raccoons.[1]

The genus was first described by Elliott Coues in 1887. He proposed the word "bassarisk" as the English term for animals in this genus.[2] Its habitat includes semi-arid areas in the southwestern United States,[3] as well as moist tropical forests in Central America.


1. ^ K.-P. Koepfli, M. E. Gompper, E. Eizirik, C.-C. Ho, L. Linden, J. E. Maldonado, R. K. Wayne (2007). "Phylogeny of the Procyonidae (Mammalia: Carvnivora): Molecules, morphology and the Great American Interchange". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (3): 1076–1095. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.10.003. PMID 17174109.
2. ^ Elliott Coues (1887). "Bassariscus, a new generic name in mammalogy". Science 9 (225): 516. doi:10.1126/science.ns-9.225.516. PMID 17748409.
3. ^ http://bss.sfsu.edu/holzman/courses/Fall02%20projects/Ringtail.htm

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