Little grison Galictis cuja, photographed by Ken Erickson.

Belongs within: Mustelinae.

The genus Galictis contains the grisons, mustelids found in Central and South America. Grisons have a distinctive colour pattern, with black face and underparts separated from the grey or brown back by a white stripe across the forehead. The little grison Galictis cuja is smaller and lighter in coloration (yellowish-grey or brown rather than smoky grey) than the grison G. vittata, and found at higher altitudes.

Galictis Bell 1826 [incl. Grisonia Gray 1865; Grisoninae] C57
    |--G. (Galictis) [incl. Grison Allen 1902] C57
    |    |--*G. (G.) vittata (Schreber 1776) (see below for synonymy) C57
    |    |    |--G. v. vittata [incl. Mustela gujanensis Bechstein 1800] C57
    |    |    |--G. v. andica Thomas 1903 [=Grison andinus] C57
    |    |    `--G. v. brasiliensis (Thunberg 1820) (see below for synonymy) C57
    |    `--G. (G.) allamandi Bell 1841 G69, C57 [=Grisson allamandi C57]
    |         |--G. a. allamandi G69
    |         `--G. a. canaster Nelson 1901 G69, C57 [=Ga. vittata canaster C57, Grison canaster C57]
    `--G. (Grisonella Thomas 1912) C57
         `--G. (G.) cuja (Molina 1782) [=Mustela cuja, Grison (G.) cuja, Viverra cuja] C57
              |--G. c. cuja (see below for synonymy) C57
              |--G. (*G.) c. furax (Thomas 1907) (see below for synonymy) C57
              |--G. c. huronax (Thomas 1921) [=Grisonella huronax] C57
              `--G. c. luteola (Thomas 1907) [=Grison furax luteolus] C57

*Galictis (Galictis) vittata (Schreber 1776) [=Viverra vittata, Grison vittatus, Grisonia vittata, Gulo vittatus, Lutra vittata, Mustela vittata] C57

Galictis (Galictis) vittata brasiliensis (Thunberg 1820) [=Ursus brasiliensis, Grison vittatus brasiliensis; incl. Galictis crassidens Nehring 1885, Ga. intermedia Lund 1845] C57

Galictis (Grisonella) cuja cuja (Molina 1782) [incl. Ga. vittata var. chilensis Ihering 1886, Grison furax melinus Thomas 1912, Ga. furax melina, Grisonella melina, Mustela quiqui Molina 1782, Galictis quiqui, Viverra quiqui, Grisonella ratellina Thomas 1921, Grisonella shiptoni Thomas 1926] C57

Galictis (*Grisonella) cuja furax (Thomas 1907) [=Grison furax; incl. Mustela albifrons Larrañaga 1923, M. brasiliensis D’Orbigny 1838 non Gmelin 1788] C57

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C57] Cabrera, A. 1957. Catalogo de los mamiferos de America del Sur. I (Metatheria—Unguiculata—Carnivora). Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” e Instituto Nacional de Investigacion de Las Ciencias Naturales, Ciencias Zoológicas 4 (1): 1–307.

[G69] Goodwin, G. G. 1969. Mammals from the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, in the American Museum of Natural History. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 141 (1): 1–269, 40 pls.

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