procyonidae

the procyonidae family (or raccoon family) is so good, they can vary from the common raccoon

to a coati which just looks like someone who was given a vague description of a raccoon was asked to recreate it but it went wrong somewhere

to this little thing called the ringtail which looks like a mix between a kitten and a lemur

and please dont get me started on the kinkajous,

they’re all v good and i hope more people know about them

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Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)

Also known as the ring-tailed cat or miner’s cat, the ringtail is actually not a cat but is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae). Ringtails are found in Mexico and arid regions of the Western United States. Like their raccoon relatives ringtails are nocturnal and are more carnivorous than omnivorous, they feed primarily on small birds, reptiles and mammals. However they will eat other items too like fruits and insects. Ringtails are notoriously friendly and have earned the name miner’s cat due to their habit of wandering into miners’ camps and becoming accepted. The miners then used them as mousers like real cats.

Phylogeny

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White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)

Also known as the Pizote, Antoon or Tejon, the white-nosed coati is a species of carnivore related to raccoons found throughout Mexico, the Southern United States, Central America and Colombia. Like raccoons white-nosed coati are omnivores and will feed on small animals, fruit, insects, eggs and sometimes carrion. Unlike raccoons which are nocturnal coati are primarily diurnal and forage during the day and retire to the trees at night. While males are mainly solitary, females/immature males will form social groups that communicate via vocal signals.  During foraging times cubs are left with ‘babysitters’ and will often play-fight with each other.

Phylogeny

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Kinkajou

The kinkajou (Potos flavus), also known as the “honey bear," is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae. Kinkajous may be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not closely related to either. Native to Central America and South America, this mostly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is not an endangered species, though it is seldom seen by people because of its strict nocturnal habits.  They may live up to 40 years in captivity.

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