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Observed: 30th December 2011 By: RCH
Fouiine_0025_small
Description:

Photographed by trail camera on edge of Natura 2000
reserve Foret de Soignes, Belgium
Video on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q96o1U2GDI&feature=email

Identifications
  • Polecat? Pine marten?? (Mustela sp.)
    Confidence: It might be this.
  •  
    Likely ID
    a marten (Martes sp.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 1 Person
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
      Mammals expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Marten

This is a touch one, the key feature, the 'bib' is not seen - pine martens have a cream or yellowish throat and chest whilst that of a beech marten is white. Even on a night vision shot this would have been apparent I think. In the photo above there is a tantalising hint at the throat and I have to say it does not look as strikingly different to the rest as I would expect on a white throated beach marten. This and the very bushy tail would make me err towards pine marten.

However, pine marten are supposed to be absent from this part of Belgium, they are only supposed to have beech marten.

RCH, do you have any contacts in the reserve? Could you ask them the feasibility of it being pine marten?

Graham Banwell

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Expert identification received

Expert identification received from
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO) / Research Institute for Nature and Forest
Geraardsbergen - België / Belgium

"The animal on the video is indeed a stone marter (beech marten) Martes foina. (Martes martes should have greater ears, and a darker and more pointed muzzle)."

With my thanks to INBO
RCH

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Stone/beech martin

Great, please add an identification for beech martin.

Graham Banwell

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