Hog badger

Hog badger
A. collaris
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Melinae
Genus: Arctonyx
Cuvier, 1825
Type species
Arctonyx collaris
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Distribution of the genus Arctonyx

Hog badgers are three species of mustelid in the genus Arctonyx. They represent one of the two genera in the subfamily Melinae, alongside the true badgers (genus Meles).


Arctonyx was formerly considered a monotypic genus containing one species, A. collaris, but a 2008 study found it to comprise 3 distinct species, a finding later followed by the American Society of Mammalogists.[1][2]


Three species are known:[2]

Image Scientific name Distribution
Northern hog badger (A. albogularis) South and East Asia.
Arctonyx collaris 84653414 2.jpg Greater hog badger (A. collaris) Southeast Asia.
Sumatran hog badger (A. hoevenii) Sumatra in Indonesia.


The IUCN considers the greater hog badger (A. collaris), the northern hog badger (A. albogularis) and the Sumatran hog badger (A. hoevenii) as three separate species. The greater hog badger is listed as a Vulnerable species. The other two are listed as Least Concern.[3][4]


  1. ^ Helgen, Kristofer M.; Lim, Norman T.-L.; Helgen, Lauren E. (2008). "The hog-badger is not an edentate: systematics and evolution of the genus Arctonyx (Mammalia: Mustelidae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 154 (2): 353–385. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00416.x. ISSN 1096-3642. PMC 7107037. PMID 32287392.
  2. ^ a b "Explore the Database". www.mammaldiversity.org. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  3. ^ Helgen, K.; Chan, B. (2016). "Arctonyx albogularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T70206273A70206436. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T70206273A70206436.en. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. ^ Holden, J.; Helgen, K.; Shepherd, C.; McCarthy, J. (2016). "Arctonyx hoevenii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T70205771A70205927. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T70205771A70205927.en. Retrieved 16 December 2019.