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Mustelidae | Martes flavigula

yellow-throated marten

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The Yellow-throated Marten (Martes flavigula) can actively walk on a more than 10 to 20 km range area in a single day and night. It mainly hunts on land, but can easily climb trees being able to perform jumps up to 9 meters between branches!


yellow-throated marten IUCN Status

EX Globally extinct RE Disappeared at the regional level CR Critically endangered EN Endangered (EN) VU Vulnerable NT Near Threatened LC Least concern

yellow-throated marten Size

yellow-throated marten Gestation



Small body, big appetite!

The yellow-throated marten is a generally solitary animal that is distinguished from the marten (Martes foina) by a larger size as well as more developed limbs and a longer tail. With a tail that measures 2/3 the size of the body, this is the largest of the Eurasian martens!

Omnivorous, the marten feeds on both berries and small rodents. Still, it's not uncommon to see her tackle bigger than herself. When they team up, martens are able to hunt in groups the Siberian Musk Carrier (Moschus moschiferus), a deer weighing around 10 kg!


A neglected species

Although marten populations are currently in decline, especially with deforestation and forest fragmentation, this species is classified by IUCN as Least Concern.

Indeed, this species is tolerant of environmental degradation, and thanks to its ability to move both on the ground and in trees, it is not worried by predation. Nevertheless, it is sometimes hunted in Siberia and other parts of its range for its fur, which could endanger these local populations. There are currently no data to measure the impact of hunting on these populations.

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