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Nyctereutes procyonoides

Basic information
Scientific name Nyctereutes procyonoides

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Common names Raccoon Dog
Higher taxon Canidae, Carnivora, Mammalia
Natural range N Vietnam, E & NE China, E Mongolia, SE Russia, Sakhalin, Entire Japan and peripheral islands.
Habitat Forest, urban area.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Chiburi Is. (Oki, Shimane Pref.) and Yakushima Is. On Yakushima Is., this species occur throughout wide area with low elevation. Range in Japan
Date This species was introduced in 1941 to Chiburijima Is., and in 1980s to Yakushima Is.
Impact Actually: Damages on agriculture.
Potentially: Predation on native species.
Regulation in Japan
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Abe (ed) (1994) A Guide to Mammals of Japan. Tokai Univ. Press, Hatano (in Jpn)
  • Ecol Soc Jpn (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijinshokan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Kawabata (ed) (1996) The Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan 1 Mammals I. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Long (2003) Introduced Mammals of the World: Their History, Distribution, and Influence. CABI Publishing.
  • Ohdachi et al. (2009) The Wild Mammals of Japan. Shokabo, Kyoto.