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Bassaricyon gabbii (Carnivora: Procyonidae)

Suzanne Prange, Timothy J. Prange
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/826.1 1-7 First published online: 3 June 2009


Bassaricyon gabbii Allen, 1876, is a procyonid called the olingo or bushy-tailed olingo. This species is brown to grayish brown, colored lighter ventrally; is semiarboreal with a long, nonprehensile tail; and is 1 of 5 species in the genus Bassaricyon. It occurs in Central America from Nicaragua through Panama, and in South America has been documented in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. It prefers multistrata tropical evergreen forests below 1,600-2,000 m. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources classifies B. gabbii as Lower Risk/Near Threatened, and it is included in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.

Key words
  • bushy-tailed olingo
  • frugivore
  • habitat destruction
  • olingo
  • tropical forests