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Ratel/Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis) Fact Sheet: Bibliography & Resources


Begg C. 2001a. Feeding ecology and social organization of honey badgers in the southern Kalahari [PhD dissertation]. [Pretoria (ZA)]: University of Pretoria. 313 p.

Begg K. 2001b. Report on the conflict between beekeepers and honey badgers Mellivora capensis, with reference to their conservation status and distribution in South Africa.

Begg C, Begg K. 2004. Online Extra: September 2004, Honey Badgers [Internet]. National Geographic; [accessed 2014 24 Dec].

Begg K, Begg C. 2002. The conflict between beekeepers and honey badgers in South Africa: a Western Cape perspective. The Open Country. 4:25-36.

Begg C, Begg K, Du Toit J, Mills M. 2003a. Scent-marking behaviour of the honey badger, Mellivora capensis (Mustelidae) in the southern Kalahari. Animal Behaviour. 66(5):917-929. DOI: 10.1006/anbe.2003.2223

Begg C, Begg K, Du Toit J, Mills M. 2003b. Sexual and seasonal variation in the diet and foraging behaviour of a sexually dimorphic carnivore, the honey badger (Mellivora capensis). Journal of Zoology. 260:301-316. DOI: 10.1017/S0952836903003789

Begg C, Begg K, Du Toit J, Mills M. 2005a. Life-history variables of an atypical mustelid, the honey badger Mellivora capensis. Journal of Zoology. 265:17-22. DOI: 10.1017/S0952836904005990

Begg C, Begg K, du Toit J, Mills M. 2005b. Spatial organization of the honey badger Mellivora capensis in the southern Kalahari: home range size and movement patterns. Journal of Zoology (London). 265(1):23-35. doi:10.1017/S0952836904005989

Begg K, Begg C, Abramov A. 2008. Mellivora capensis. In: The IUCN red list of threatened species. Version 2014.3.

Begg C, Begg K, Kingdon J. 2013. Mellivora capensis Ratel (Honey Badger). In: J. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds). The Mammals of Africa, vol. V: carnivores, pangolins, equids and rhinoceroses. p. 119-125. London (UK): Bloomsbury Publishing.

Bennett E. 1830. [Ratelus mellivorous]. The gardens and menagerie of the Royal Society, quadrupeds. 1:13-20.

Dean W, Siegfried W, Macdonald I. 1990. The fallacy, fact, and fate of guiding behaviour in the Greater Honeyguide. Conservation Biology. 4(1):99-101.

Do Linh San E, Begg C, Begg K, Abramov AV. 2016. Mellivora capensis. The IUCN red list of threatened species [Internet]. Version 2018.1; e.T41629A45210107 [species assessed 2015 Feb 28; page accessed 2018 Aug 28]. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T41629A45210107.en.

Drake-Brockman R. 1910. The mammals of Somaliland. London (GB): Hurst and Blackett Ltd. 201 p.

Estes R. 1991. The behavior guide to African mammals: including hoofed mammals, carnivores, primates. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press. 611 p.

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). 2012. Red Data Book of the mammals of South Africa: a conservation assessment. Pretoria (ZA): South African National Scientific Programmes Report. 21 p.

Gupta S, Mondall K, Sankar K, Qureshi Q. 2012. Abundance and habitat suitability model for ratel (Mellivora capensis) in Sariska Tiger Reserve, western India. Wildlife Biology in Practice. 8(1):13-22. DOI: 10.2461/wbp.2012.8.2

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Koepfli K-P, Deere KA, Slater Gj, Begg C, Begg K, Grassman L, Lucherini M, Veron G, Wayne RK. 2008. Multigene phylogeny of the Mustelidae: resolving relationships, tempo and biogeographic history of a mammalian adaptive radiation. BMC Biology. 6:10. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-6-10.

Koepfli K-P, Gragoo JW, Wang X. 2017. The evolutionary history and molecular systematics of the Musteloidea. In: MacDonald DW, Newman C, Harrington, eds. Biology and conservation of Musteloids. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press. p. 75-91.

Kruuk J, Mills M. 1983. Notes on food and foraging of the honey badger Mellivora capensis in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Koedoe. 26(1):153-157.

Pocock R. 1920. On the external characters of the ratel (Mellivora capensis) and the wolverine (Gulo). Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 90(1-2):179-187. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1920.tb07642.x

Sato J, Wolsan M, Prevosti F, D'Elia G, Begg C, Begg K, Hosoda T, Campbell K, Suzuki H. 2012. Evolutionary and biogeographic history of weasel-like carnivorans (Musteloidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 63:745-757. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.02.025

Sclater W. 1900. The mammals of South Africa. Primates, Carnivora and Ungulata. London (GB): RH Porter. 324 p.

Shortridge G. 1934. The mammals of south west Africa: a biological account of the forms occurring in that region. London (GB): William Heinemann Ltd. 437 p.

Sillero-Zubiri C. 1996. Records of honey badger, Mellivora capensis (Carnivora, Mustelidae), in Afroalpine habitat, above 4,000 m. Mammalia. 60:323-325.

UNEP. 2018. Species+: Mellivora capensis [online database]. Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP [compiled by UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK]. [accessed 2018 Oct 16].

Vanderhaar J, Hwang Y. 2003. Mellivora capensis. Mammalian Species. 721:1-8.

Verwey R, Begg C, Begg K, Matthee C. 2004. A microsatellite perspective on the reproductive success of subordinate male honey badgers, Mellivora capensis. African Zoology. 39(2):1-4.

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Wozencraft WC. 2005. Order Carnivora. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds). Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd Edition). p. 532-628. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

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