Northern olingo

One of the most effective seed-dispersing mammals

Greg Basco

The northern olingo is a tree-dwelling member of the Procyonidae family, which also contains raccoons. It is often referred to as the bushy-tailed olingo or just the olingo. Although some authors believe it to be the only true olingo species, a recent review of the genus Bassaricyon has revealed that there are actually four olingo species. However, two former species should now be considered part of this species.

It was the first olingo species to be described. Its scientific name pays tribute to William More Gabb, who procured the first sample. It comes from Central America.
They mainly eat plants and leaves but can consume a sizable quantity of nutrients from fleshy fruits.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Costa Rica
2015
Guatemala
2015
Presence Uncertain
Honduras
2015
Presence Uncertain
Nicaragua
2015
Panama
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No