Welcome

Here you will discover a variety of content regarding one of the oldest, species-rich families on the planet—the family Mustelidae. Genuine Mustelids is a website for people who love seeing mustelids in visual media, but still value an adequate degree of attention to detail when it comes to their anatomy, including education about the family. We provide brief information for each living species, a large list of media containing mustelids, drawing tutorials for artists (coming soon); as well as links to honorable mustelid rescue and conservation organizations. In essence, we are a miniature online encyclopedia combining both science and popular culture to help promote a more insightful image of mustelids.

Promoting “uncharismatic minifauna”

When it comes to various types of media, mustelids are often demonized or overlooked in favour of more appealing species. Mustelids are very feisty, clever and fascinatingly complex creatures, and it’s a shame we often fixate on their predation habits, odor or fur value, than bringing attention to their lesser-known traits. Popularity doesn’t necessarily mean better, and one of our many goals is to help bring attention to these underrated animals, and show they can be just as capable and captivating as the more familiar mammals in the order Carnivora.

Debunking myths, while encouraging a broader perspective

Due to outdated beliefs surrounding their elusive nature, media sensationalism and their caricatured features in classic media, mustelids tend to be both irregularly depicted and generally misunderstood across the board. To add to this confusion, they are often arbitrarily compared to cats, bears, rodents, reptiles and other unrelated animals, rather than being viewed as their own complex, yet long-established family.

On this site we believe it is possible to help lessen common misunderstandings about mustelids by providing facts about their true nature, appearance, and awareness of their overlooked merits. Additionally, we want to help emphasize that despite shared common names and some mustelids seeming similar in appearance, that doesn’t always mean they’re the same species, or even closely related. Focusing on these essentials, we hope all our viewers leave having learnt something new about mustelids. Read more about our project

Quick Updates

• The Otters in Space series by Mary E Lowd has been added to Young Adult Literature under Otters.

• Waterways by Kyell Gold has been added to Young Adult Literature under Otters.

• The Peach Fuzz comic series has been added to Young Adult Literature under Polecats.

• Marty the Marten: A Young Marten Learns about the Forest has been added to Children’s Literature under Martens.

• Springwatch Guide to Otters has been added to Documentaries under Otters.

• West Coast Otters has been added to Documentaries under Otters.

News & Updates

A full list of recent news and additions to our website.

Members’ Photo Gallery

A gallery of mustelid photography taken by members of our team.

Obscure Mustelids in Media

For creators interested in mustelid species that rarely appear in art, literature, games or animation.