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Mink
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
Genus Mustela

Minks are members of the Mustelidae family. There are three species ,which are the American Mink, European Mink and the extinct Sea Mink.

Appearance

It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the European and American mink; a European Mink always has a large white patch on its upper lip, while the American species sometimes does not. Thus, any mink without such a patch can be identified with certainty as an American Mink, but an individual with a patch cannot be certainly identified without looking at the skeleton.

Behavior

All three species are dark-colored, semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes the weasels and the otters and ferrets.

Species

see Category:Mustela

Gallery

Facts

  • The American Mink's fur has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting giving way to farming.
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